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Reading the WorldEncyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age$
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Mary Franklin-Brown

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226260686

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226260709.001.0001

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The Book of the World

The Book of the World

Encyclopedism and Scholastic Ways of Knowing

(p.32) (p.33) 1 The Book of the World
Reading the World

Mary Franklin-Brown

University of Chicago Press

Ramon Llull's Libre de mervalles (Paris, ca. 1288–89) is an odd text that joins the features of the encyclopedic genre with the quest of romance. This chapter mentions a more conventional encyclopedia, the Libre de plasent visió, where a rich passage describes the features and contents of the book with such spectacular beauty that it produces the effect of—as Anthony Bonner described it—novelistic invention. The chapter suggests an alternative way of reading the description of this encyclopedia—as Llull's paradigm of encyclopedism, in its epistemological foundation, its rhetorical practice, and its hermeneutics. The chapter aims to provide a general overview of the practices and materials of scholasticism, how statements on the subject were made, the known fields that accommodated them, and the archive that determined how those fields were related to one another.

Keywords:   Ramon Llull, libre de mervalles, libre de plasent visió, Anthony Bonner, llull's paradigm of encyclopedism

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