August 21st, 2009 12:09 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Daniel Martin, Author of "The Mnemonic Code of Interpretation"
Born in Madrid, Spain, Daniel Martin was educated in French Schools from ages six through nineteen. In the US, he received his BA from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Yale University in 1974.
Martin taught French at the University of Massachusetts for thirty years and retired a few years ago. He is the author of various books and articles in French, English, and Spanish. He is now living in Mexico.
About the "The Mnemonic Code of Interpretation" with testimonial
This book will introduce you to mnemonics which is a technique used by writers to compose books and speeches. Priests and preachers have used this technique to compose sermons which they could deliver by heart..
This technique was used from Antiquity until the Renaissance when it was banished from the school curriculum for religious reasons as we will explain. As we will demonstrate, Cervantes, Montaigne, Rabelais, and Saint John of the Cross, among many others, used mnemonics to composed their works. Mnemonics is thus a basic component of such works.
By unraveling the basic structure of these works, we discover a series of religious and political messages which were not readily apparent to casual reading.
Thus, just as Don Quixote, the mad knight, tilts at windmills, Don Quixote, the book, as a product of memory, will attack Christianity, charging, specifically, the Catholic Church with fraud, myth, and cruelty.
Testimonial: Well I have had a chance to read your book, and I think it is very compelling and convincing. I especially like the easy-going prose style.
Reminds me a little of E.H. Gombrich`s short history of the world book he wrote for his grandchildren. I sometimes assign it to my college students--no footnotes, and no maps or data tables. Warmly, Bill. "
Books by Daniel Martin
Montaigne et la Fortune
L`Architecture des Essais de Montaigne
Le Triptyque des Essais
Montaigne et son cheval
Rabelais : mode d`emploi
Chances Are (co-author)
Montaigne and theGods (co-author)
The Order of Montaigne`s Essays (co-author)
Freedom Over Servitude (co-author)
El Quijote de memoria
Las piernas de Dorotea
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