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A History of Ambiguity

Anthony Ossa-Richardson

Abstract

Ever since it was first published in 1930, William Empson's Seven Types of Ambiguity has been perceived as a milestone in literary criticism—far from being an impediment to communication, ambiguity now seemed an index of poetic richness and expressive power. Little, however, has been written on the broader trajectory of Western thought about ambiguity before Empson; as a result, the nature of his innovation has been poorly understood. This book remedies this omission. Starting with classical grammar and rhetoric, and moving on to moral theology, law, biblical exegesis, German philosophy, and l ... More

Keywords: ambiguity, classical grammar, rhetoric, moral theology, biblical exegesis, German philosophy, literary criticism, language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691167954
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691167954.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Ossa-Richardson, author
University of Southampton