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  • Poetics

    Alexander Key

    Chapter from the book: Key, A. 2018. Language between God and the Poets: Maʿnā in the Eleventh Century.


    This chapter introduces literary criticism and poetics in Classical Arabic with a focus on ʿAbd al-Qāhir al-Ǧurǧānī. It describes how he wrote formalist criticism, focused on single images, in two long monographs. Al-Ǧurǧānī took the static model of lexical accuracy and showed how the poetic image made that accuracy dynamic. He did this with a set of epistemological resources taken from Ibn Sīnā Aristotelian logic.

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    Key, A. 2018. Poetics. In: Key, A, Language between God and the Poets. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.54.h

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    Published on Aug. 28, 2018