The Figure in the Fulfillment: Erich Auerbach

John David Dawson

in Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780520226302
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925984 | DOI:
The Figure in the Fulfillment: Erich Auerbach

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This chapter introduces Erich Auerbach, a Romance philologist and a literary historian. The discussion first examines the concepts of figural relation and figurative subversion, where Auerbach states that readers of the Bible should not allow meanings to replace the distinctive graphic character of words. It then discusses spiritual understanding and abstraction, which is followed by the search for the origin of meaning's independence. This is followed by Dante's figural art, which Auerbach believes is based on Christian figural reading.

Keywords: Erich Auerbach; figural relation; figurative subversion; spiritual understanding; abstraction; figural art

Chapter.  13396 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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