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The Classical Trivium: The Place of Thomas Nashe in the Learning of His Time Paperback – Aug 1 2009

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Gingko Press; Reprint edition (Aug. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584232358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584232353
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #366,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A "must-read" book, especially for college library shelves and students of classical literature and philosophy May 5 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Classical Trivium: The Place Of Thomas Nashe In The Learning Of His Time is a previously unpublished work of the late Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), presenting the story of western literary culture from antiquity to the Elizabethan age. Examining the divisions of classical Rhetoric, Grammar, and Dialectic, in a strategy that he would later refine in his media analysis of the 1960s and 70s, The Classical Trivium, he connects the roots of ancient philosophy with modern-day interpretive and evaluative techniques. More than a half-century after it was written, The Classical Trivium remains a superb lens through which to examine the traditions of Elizabethan writer Thomas Nashe. Divided into four chapters, three devoted to sections of The Trivium and the fourth to Thomas Nashe himself, The Classical Trivium is a "must-read" book, especially for college library shelves and students of classical literature and philosophy.
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the essential roots of McLuhan May 5 2006
By Howard Wetzel - Published on
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Thank you, Gingko Press. Here finally are the roots of all that followed, the back story of every judgment or cryptic comment McLuhan ever made. Here is the restless, rash scholar as young Turk, inventing for himself a necessary intellectual history to place Thomas Nashe in his proper context- and what McLuhan quickly recognized was that this history bears continually on all cultural transformations. Here is the scholarship the academics said McLuhan lacked; rather he shows where the scholars themselves were lacking, and why he abandoned their methods in favor of Joyce, Eliot, et al, a way of living in and experiencing any present with both understanding and electric immediacy. Some of this appears in a very compressed manner in Eric McLuhan's 'The Role of Thunder in Finnegans Wake'; it is developed more slowly in this book. Here McLuhan defined the struggle between art and science as between rhetoric and dialectic. Here is Mcluhan the patristic scholar showing that conservative theology does not mean ossified or dialectical; it means having at hand all the rich tools of the tradition with which to renew the present (remember, this is during the time when de Lubac, who tread the same waters, was under censure). Here McLuhan discovered percept in a living Trivium where dialectic was balanced by rhetoric. The war is indeed in the Word. . .
Five Stars July 11 2014
By Tim Powell - Published on
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fast and accurate
McLuhan's Debute! April 1 2013
By Harry - Published on
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I knew there was a dissertation somewhere, and I'm very happy to have found it! It really does seem to be the precursor to this visionary's important work. He knew where we were headed. For McLuhan fans, this is a must read.

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