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This front matter section of the book Rethinking Abelard: A Collection of Critical Essays presents the table of contents, preface, and a note on the contributors. The book surveys Peter Abelard's career to show how his extraordinary versatility enchanted and distressed his public. It incorporates four contributions in which scholars try to connect Peter Abelard's use of language and thought to a broader historical and scholarly setting. The book focuses on the tensions that lie at the heart of Abelard's texts. It analyzes the absorption of theological and dogmatic models as Abelard shaped these models into a language of his own. The book also discusses the theme of poetics and poetry.

Keywords: language; Peter Abelard; poetics; poetry



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