The Revelation of Imagination

The Revelation of Imagination

From Homer and the Bible through Virgil and Augustine to Dante

In The Revelation of Imagination, William Franke attempts to focus on what is enduring and perennial rather than on what is accommodated to the agenda of the moment. Franke’s book offers re-actualized readings of representative texts from the Bible, Homer, and Virgil to Augustine and Dante. The selections are linked together in such a way as to propose a general interpretation of knowledge. They emphasize, moreover, a way of articulating the connection of humanities knowledge with what may, in various senses, be called divine revelation. This includes the sort of inspiration to which poets since Homer have typically laid claim, as well as that proper to the biblical tradition of revealed religion. The Revelation of Imagination invigorates the ongoing discussion about the value of humanities as a source of enduring knowledge.

About the Author

WILLIAM FRANKE is a professor of comparative literature and religious studies at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

“William Franke’s Revelation of Imagination will be regarded as a threshold event within the Humanities.”–Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Albert Guérard Professor in Literaure, Stanford University

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