Our Beloved Codex

“We may not see it, as Dante did, in perfect order, gathered by love into one volume, but we do, living as reading, like to think of it as a place where we can travel back and forth at will, divining congruences, conjunctions, opposites; extracting secrets from its secrecy, making understood relations, an appropriate algebra.”

Frank Kermode, The Genesis of Secrecy

4 thoughts on “Our Beloved Codex

      • It’s a long time since I read it; a detail that I recall is FK’s extraordinary hermeneutic discussion of the moment in the NT when Jesus says something like, I speak in parables that you might NOT understand. There followed some thought provoking analysis in a book that’s full of much more like it.

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