By Leslie Lockett
Old English verse and prose depict the human brain as a corporeal entity situated within the chest hollow space, liable to spatial and thermal adjustments resembling the mental states: it was once suggestion that feelings corresponding to rage, grief, and craving can cause the contents of the chest to develop hot, boil, or be constricted via strain. whereas readers often think the metaphorical nature of such literary pictures, Leslie Lockett, in Anglo-Saxon Psychologies within the Vernacular and Latin Traditions, argues that those depictions are literal representations of Anglo-Saxon folks psychology.
Lockett analyses either well-studied and little-known texts, together with Insular Latin grammars, The Ruin, the outdated English Soliloquies, The Rhyming Poem, and the writings of Patrick, Bishop of Dublin. She demonstrates that the Platonist-Christian concept of the incorporeal brain was once recognized to only a few Anglo-Saxons all through lots of the interval, whereas the idea that of mind-in-the-heart remained frequent. Anglo-Saxon Psychologies within the Vernacular and Latin Traditions examines the interactions of rival - and incompatible - techniques of the brain in a hugely unique way.
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