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The Irrational Augustine$
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Catherine Conybeare

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199262083

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019926208x.001.0001

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A Christian Theatre

A Christian Theatre

(p.42) 2 A Christian Theatre
The Irrational Augustine

Catherine Conybeare (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores the idea of the dialogues as spectaculum. Licentius cast the dialogues as such, and Augustine picks up on the notion that these are texts to be watched, not read. If they are indeed presented in some way as a theatrical event before us, the readers, the following questions are raised: How are we, the audience, engaged in the action? How is the dramatis personae selected, described, stage managed? What is the relationship here between reality and action?

Keywords:   Augustine, philosophical dialogues, theatre

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