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Three Little Hermeneutic Circles and How They Grew: Reading Boccaccio's Parable of the Rings through the Religions of the Book

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The origins of Boccaccio's novella I.3 from the Decameron remain a subject of debate, though literary historians have proposed Christian, Jewish, and Islamic sources for the tale, including works by Stephen of Bourbon, Abraham Abulafia, Raymond Llull, Timothy the Nestorian Patriarch of Baghdad and the Caliph al-Madhi, and anonymous Persian storytellers. Indeed, the question of the tale's possible sources mirrors the problem of discernment presented by the tale itself. Without claiming to resolve the mystery, this talk will instead focus on the three religious hermeneutic traditions that circumscribe the tale, considering whether these interpretive models work in conjunction with or at cross purposes with each other. Moving over the 1300-year arc of this allegorical tale, the talk concludes with a set of reflections on the recovery and reframing of Islamic hermeneutics within contemporary Western literary and textual studies, alongside those of the Christian and Jewish traditions.
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Wojciehowski, Hannah. "Three Little Hermeneutic Circles and How They Grew: Reading Boccaccio's Parable of the Rings through the Religions of the Book" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p481590_index.html>

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Wojciehowski, H. "Three Little Hermeneutic Circles and How They Grew: Reading Boccaccio's Parable of the Rings through the Religions of the Book" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p481590_index.html

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Abstract: The origins of Boccaccio's novella I.3 from the Decameron remain a subject of debate, though literary historians have proposed Christian, Jewish, and Islamic sources for the tale, including works by Stephen of Bourbon, Abraham Abulafia, Raymond Llull, Timothy the Nestorian Patriarch of Baghdad and the Caliph al-Madhi, and anonymous Persian storytellers. Indeed, the question of the tale's possible sources mirrors the problem of discernment presented by the tale itself. Without claiming to resolve the mystery, this talk will instead focus on the three religious hermeneutic traditions that circumscribe the tale, considering whether these interpretive models work in conjunction with or at cross purposes with each other. Moving over the 1300-year arc of this allegorical tale, the talk concludes with a set of reflections on the recovery and reframing of Islamic hermeneutics within contemporary Western literary and textual studies, alongside those of the Christian and Jewish traditions.


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