From: Peter Montgomery
> In what aspect of medieval culture wasn't Eliot interested,
> and by which wasn't he influenced?
Wycliffe and the Lollards? (too anti-Church for his taste?)
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> Really Nancy!?
> Eliot + Dante = Prufrock
> 1 + 1 = 3
> Not fruitful?
> Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
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> From: Nancy Gish [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
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> Yes, I read the Pearl and Gawain. I studied with Sherman Kuhn and read
> Medieval Intellectual history with John Sommerfeldt who started the
> Medieval Institute. We all read Medieval at one point in American
> education didn't we? There are broad themes and assumptions one can
> find in the Middle Ages. There is not a single way of thinking.
> I do not think this a very fruitful debate.
> Date sent: Fri, 4 Apr 2003 15:59:50 EST
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> Subject: Medieval Thinking
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> In a message dated 4/3/03 7:01:33 PM Pacific Standard Time,
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> > Since my reply to this seemed to evoke confusion, I am replying again.
> > "Most great Medieval thinkers" is so vast a set that I do not think any
> > valid claim can possibly be made about them. Is this early and late
> > Medieval? All countries? Mystics and all others? Chaucer? My point is
> > that humans vary immensely in their ideas in all times and places.
> >From Boethius (the last classical thinker and first medieval thinker)
> through at Least Chaucer [and so maybe I am abandoning the very late
> Middle Ages] there is a mode of thinking [at least partially, if not
> greatly influenced by Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Mystics] that the act
> of copulation is created by God to demonstrate to humans how divinity
> works. 1+1=3 is a kind of Kabbalistic mantra -- there is always something
> more there. This is why Dante is so Vehemently anti-homosexual and
> anti-usurist. Homosexuals cannot make a third from their couple and
> Usurers make something from an inanimate object (money). This thread
> through Medieval literature (at least Medieval English and Italian and
> Provencal literature), just read _The Pearl_ or _Sir Gawain and the Green
> Knight_ Michael