"TOMÉ SENDA POR CARRERA": FINDING AND LOSING THE CROSS IN THE LIBRO DE BUENAMOR Ryan D. Giles University of Chicago The Libro de buen amor (LBA) is presented in its prologue as an interpretive journey: "Intelectum tibi dabo, et instruam te in via".1 E. Michael Gerii has recently found that this journey lies rooted in the Augustinian concept of inveniendo, by which the reader comes into, or rhetorically "discovers" the true meaning of the text in spite of its ambiguities ("Vías"). Gerii shows how the idea of ethical reading as an itinerary and the book as a guide serves as an overarching metaphor in the LBA.2 In the Middle Ages, the kind of physical journey that pilgrims undertake in search of the divine was consistently associated with hermeneutics and the mental 1 I will give thee understanding, and I will instruct thee in the way (104; Psalm 31: 8). This prologue can only be found in the Salamanca manuscript. All citations from the edition of G. B. Gybbon-Monypenny English citations of the Bible from Douay-Rheims version (Biblia Sacra). I am grateful to Frank Domínguez and E. Michael Gerii -as well as the editors of La corónica and this
La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures – La corónica: Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures & Culture
Published: Apr 4, 2008
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