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Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity$
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John David Dawson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520226302

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520226302.001.0001

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The Figure in the Fulfillment: Erich Auerbach

The Figure in the Fulfillment: Erich Auerbach

(p.83) Chapter 4 The Figure in the Fulfillment: Erich Auerbach
Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity

John David Dawson

University of California Press

This chapter introduces Erich Auerbach, a Romance philologist and a literary historian. The discussion first examines the concepts of figural relation and figurative subversion, where Auerbach states that readers of the Bible should not allow meanings to replace the distinctive graphic character of words. It then discusses spiritual understanding and abstraction, which is followed by the search for the origin of meaning's independence. This is followed by Dante's figural art, which Auerbach believes is based on Christian figural reading.

Keywords:   Erich Auerbach, figural relation, figurative subversion, spiritual understanding, abstraction, figural art

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