Reading as a Creative Process in the Pedagogy of Hugh of St. Victor
Keywords:Hugh of St Victor, mediaeval reading, John of Salisbury, methods of reading
The pedagogical work of the Victorines represents not only one of the greatest contributions to the history of education in medieval times, but it is also a new and inspirational instrument that combines the reading of classic works with the reading of the Holy Scripture. The topic of this article is to describe the basic lines of pedagogical thinking of one of the doyens of mediaeval pedagogy – Hugh of St Victor (†1141) – which he introduced in his first mediaeval didactics, The Didascalicon. The work focuses on the topic of reading, which is broadly thematised in the text. It looks at it through the prism of metaphors used by Hugh to explain reading.
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