Although recent scholars have attempted to recuperate the cultural and literary value of Francis Quarles' Emblemes, traditional emblematic interpretations categorize the images as merely illustrations of the poetic utterance. The investment of this paper shifts critical attention away from the content of Quarles' text as the only source of meaning and argues that meaning is contingent on the interpretation of both word and image. In order for the images of the text to have full consideration, I have stepped away from the traditional emblem metaphor of body and soul in favor of an incarnational metaphor that joins image and word in a hypostatic union of interpretation.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Bird, Amber, "Emblems of Incarnation: The Hypostatic Union of Word and Image in Francis Quarles' Emblemes" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 8924.
Francis Quarles, Incarnation, image, aesthetics, New Formalism, emblem book