68 Book Reviews / Church History and Religious Culture 88 (2008) 65-108 I neke van ’t S pijker , Fictions of the Inner Life. Religious Literature and Formation of the Self in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries [Disputatio 4]. Brepols, Turnhout 2004, × + 264 pp. ISBN 2-503-51514-2. € 60. Th is is a timely, well-written study on an extremely interesting but diﬃcult theme, namely the medieval knowledge of the self. Th e diﬃculty with this theme arises from the fact that it is on the one hand a very generic one, as this label can cover most if not all of medieval monastic culture, known for its motto of Know Th yself, while on the other hand it takes on particular relevance for the eleventh and twelfth centuries, as these are speciﬁcally known for what Colin Morris called “Th e Discovery of the Self.” How to negotiate the tension between monastic introspection, tropological exegesis, literary topoi , and modern notions of the self requires enormous navigating skills and it is a tribute to the author of this study that she has not only avoided the trap of imposing a modern, autonomous sense of self on the medieval
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Published: Jan 1, 2008
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