es10 at txstate.edu
Thu Feb 26 09:02:14 EST 2004
Hello to everyone,
I've been enjoying the discussion on memorization--all sides of it. Maybe
I missed it in another post, but I'm surprised that no one has yet
mentioned that memory is the fourth of the five parts of classical rhetoric.
Throughout the Middle Ages until into the seventeenth century, the art of
memory was actively studied and taught. In addition to the classic work
by Dame Frances Yates, there's been plenty of fascinating recent
scholarship on the subject by Rossi, Carruthers, Bolzoni, and others, and
there's even been popular use of the memory theater by Robert Harris in
his novel *Hannibal* (with an appendix mentioning Yates). The art of
memory was never an end in itself, and it certainly was not rote memory.
Recitation isn't either.
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