Proper Listening

Andrew Dell'Antonio

in Listening as Spiritual Practice in Early Modern Italy

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780520269293
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950108 | DOI:
Proper Listening

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Spiritual leaders of the Catholic Reformation developed a devotional model often characterized as recte sentire, a “true way of feeling/thinking” that could guide the righteous Christian toward correct the understanding and embodiment of the One True Faith. Sentire was also translates as “to hear.” This chapter traces the connections between ways of discussing devotion through listening, on the one hand, and prayerful attention to spiritual texts or transcendent interpretation of religious images, on the other. It indicates an important shift in the characterization of listening, existing as active and ideally transcendent rather than passive and dangerously sensual. It also examines how the new characterization of listening is fully in keeping with changing notions of identity in early modern Rome, especially the goal of shaping identity as simultaneously integrated within hierarchy and enacting freely chosen thought and action.

Keywords: proper listening; spiritual leaders; catholic reformation; recte sentire; righteous Christian; transcendent interpretation

Chapter.  12459 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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