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arrowBullet.jpg (4876 bytes)Confessions -  2001
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Augustine in Algiers  2001
The Augustinian Institute
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JAMES J. O'DONNELL

Professor of Classics, University of Pennsylvania, where he is alsoVice Provost for Information Systems and Computing, is the author of the monumental three volume commentary on the Confessions (Oxford University Press). His work has centered on the late antique remaking of culture. The age from 300-600 saw the transformation of textual canons and textual practices and the creation of new textual communities. He has rebelled against old typologies of continuity and change (embodied in loaded words like "pagan" and "Christian") and sought to find ways to describe a crucial period sine ira et studio. His 1979 study of Cassiodorus focused on the 'novum organon' of the monastic library, while his work on Augustine, and in particular the
commentary on the Confessions, has explored in minute detail the interplay of authorship and scripture. The revolutions in information technology that have seized our own culture's attention in the last few years have given him the opportunity to make connections between ancient and modern moments of change, most notably in his 1998 Avatars of the Word: From Papyrus to Cyberspace. His present work continues to stretch from the fourth century to the twenty-first, consciously attempting to use the advantage of view from the present rapidly changing cultural/communications scene to reread the late antique past repeatedly, and from that to learn to read the present in different ways as well.

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