On Interpretation: Studies in Culture, Law, and the Sacred

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Andrew D. Weiner, Leonard V. Kaplan
Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 291 pages

Founded as a journal but now evolving into a book series, Graven Images illuminates culture, the law, and the human urge for transcendence.

Graven Images 5: On Interpretation looks past post-structuralist theory to re-examine methods of textual interpretation developed in past millennia to understand sacred, philosophical, cultural, legal, literary, and artistic texts.

The thirty-two contributors include such noted scriptural interpreters as Robert Alter and Bernard Levinson, philosophers Lenn Goodman and David Novak, cultural historians Marcia Colish and David Steinmetz, legal scholars Gordon Baldwin and Mark Tushnet, literary analysts Lee Johnson and Eric Rothstein, and scholars whose analyses transcend single categories or periods, including Brayton Polka and Jane Tylus. In addition, seven poets offer their interpretations of prophecy, art, and human nature. Of special interest is a verse cycle by the noted poet Mary Kinzie inspired by an earlier essay in Graven Images 3 on Albrecht D rer's Melancholia.

 

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Contents

Studies in Culture Law and the Sacred
1
George H Taylor Can a Theory of Interpretation Make a Digerence?
15
Albrecht Durer Melencalia I
29
Wallace Stevens and the Hermeneutics of Being
38
Johnson Anxiety of Influence? Interpreting Deep Allusions
68
Lenn Goodman Interpretation and Context
79
Muriel Nelson Three Poems
92
Jan Sadler Adam and Eve and Jan Saenredam Adam and Eve Two Views
100
The Trial as Theater in Aeschylus Oresteia
190
Sonja HansardWeiner Cassandra in East Texas
201
Colish Interpretation and Authority in Early Scholasticism
215
Savannah Jahrling From Within and From Without
222
Richard S Markovits Moral Norms Legitimate and Valid Legal Interpretation
232
Janet Winans Maybe Its True
251
Gordon B Baldwin Wisconsin Rejects Legislative Supremacy
259
A Rebuttal
267

Metaphor
127
Realigning The Anatomy of Melancholy
141
Reflections on Premodern Exegesis and Historical Method
166
Heather Dubrow Poems
172
Pierre Schlag Beyond Interpretation
278
Jan Swafford Remembering John Himmelfarb
284
Contributors
290
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About the author (2002)

Andrew D. Weiner is professor of English at the University of Wisconsin--Madison and the author of Sir Philip Sidney and the Poetics of Protestantism.

Leonard V. Kaplan is the Mortimer M. Jackson Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin--Madison and president of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health. He is the co-editor of Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency in the Age of Political Spectacle. They are co-directors of the Project for Law and the Humanities.

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