Interpretation

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

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Although interpretation, or to give it its more technical name, hermeneutics, can be traced back to the classical and Judaic origins of Western civilisation, it is generally agreed that it was during the Romantic period that modern interest in interpretation developed, with the German theologian and philosopher Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834) being regarded as the founder of modern hermeneutics or the science of interpretation. The problem at the centre of hermeneutics is that though texts written in the past may survive and may still be understandable at a linguistic level, their authors and the historical and cultural context that produced them no longer exist. It is not enough merely to “read” these texts: they require interpretation. Reading and interpretation therefore…

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Citation: Newton, Ken. "Interpretation". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 April 2006 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=560, accessed 30 May 2024.]

560 Interpretation 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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