Reconsidering the Sources of the Self in the Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Periods

Project Bibliography

As part of the NEH Collaborative Research Grant application we submitted a bibliography of secondary literature relevant to the project. We are maintaining and expanding this bibliography. Please use this form to suggest new entries.

• Barney, Rachel, Brennan, Tad, and Brittain, Charles (Eds.) 2012. Plato and the Divided Self (Cambridge UP)

• Beckwith, Sarah. 1993. Christ’s Body: Identity, Culture, and Society in Late Medieval Writings (Routledge)

–1994. “Passionate Regulation: Enclosure, Ascesis, and the Feminist Imaginary”, South Atlantic Quarterly 93: 803–24

• Bermúdez, José Luis. 1998. The Paradox of Self-Consciousness  (MIT Press)

– 2017. The Bodily Self (MIT Press)

• Bolling, G. M. (1947). Personal Pronouns in Reflexive Situations in the Iliad. Language, 23(1), 23-33.

• Burckhardt, Jacob. 1860. The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (New York)

• Bynum, Caroline. 1982. “Did the Twelfth Century Discover the Individual?” in Bynum, Jesus as Mother: Studies in the Spirituality of the High Middle Ages (U of California Press)

• Bynum, Caroline. 1995. “Why all the Fuss about the Body? A Medievalist’s Perspective”, Critical Inquiry 22: 1-33

• Cary, Philip 2000. Augustine’s Invention of the Inner Self: The Legacy of a Christian Platonist (Oxford UP)

• Chiaradonna, R. and Marraffa, M. 2018. “Ontology and the Self: Ancient and Contemporary Perspectives,” in Riccardo Chiaradonna, Filippo Forcignanò, Franco Trabattoni (eds.) Ancient Ontologies. Contemporary Debates (Bologna).

• Clanchy, Michael. 2003. “Documenting the Self: Abelard and the Individual in History”, Historical Research vol. 76, no. 193

• Clarke, Desmond M. 2003. Descartes’s Theory of Mind. Oxford UP.

• Clarke, Michael 1999. Flesh and Spirit in the Songs of Homer (Oxford UP)

• Conybeare, Catherine, 2000. Paulinus Noster: Self and Symbols in the Letters of Paulinus of Nola

Oxford Early Christian Studies (Oxford UP)

• Corcilius, Klaus and Perler, Dominik (Eds.), 2014. Partitioning the Soul. Debates from Plato to Leibniz (De Gruyter)

• Firey, Abigail. 2009. A Contrite Heart. Prosecution and Redemption in the Carolingian Empire (Brill)

• Gill, Christopher. 1996. Personality in Greek Epic, Tragedy, and Philosophy: The Self in Dialogue (Oxford UP)

– 2009. The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought (Oxford UP)

• Haldane, John 2009. Soul and Body. In R. Pasnau (Ed.), The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy (Cambridge UP), 291-304

• Holmes, Brooke 2010. The Symptom and the Subject: The Emergence of the Physical Body

in Ancient Greece (Princeton UP)

• Jeremiah, Edward 2012. The Emergence of Reflexivity in Greek Thought: From Homer to Plato and Beyond (Brill)

• Kaukua, Jari and Ekenberg, Tomas (Eds.) 2016. Subjectivity and Selfhood in Early Modern Philosophy (Springer)

• Kenny, Anthony 1993. Aquinas on Mind (Routledge)

• Kerby-Fulton, Kathryn. 2010. “Authority, Constraint, and the Writing of the Medieval Self”, in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English (Oxford UP), 413-33

• King, Peter, 2012. Body and Soul. In J. Marenbon (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook to Medieval Philosophy (Oxford UP)

• Kramer, Susan R. 2015. Sin, Interiority, and Selfhood in the Twelfth-Century West (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies)

• Lagerlund, Henrik (Ed.),2007.  Forming the Mind. Essays on the Internal Senses and the Mind/Body Problem from Avicenna to the Medical Enlightenment (Springer)

• Long, A. A. 2015. Greek Models of Mind and Self (Harvard UP)

• Mazzotta, Giuseppe. 1993. The Worlds of Petrarch [Duke UP]

• Misch, Georg. 1951. A History of Autobiography in Antiquity, 2 vols. (Harvard UP)

• Morris, Colin. 1987. The Discovery of the Individual, 1050-1200 (Toronto UP)

• Most, Glenn W. 2019. L’io dei antichi greci. Corpo e mente nel pensiero classico, trans. by Patrizia Pedrini (Pisa).

• Newman, Barbara. 1995. “Authority, Authenticity, and the Repression of Heloise”, in Newman, From Virile Woman to WomanChrist: Studies in Medieval Religion and Literature (UPenn Press)

– 2012. “Liminalities: literate women in the long twelfth century”, in Thomas F. X. Noble and John Van Engen (eds.) European Transformations: the Long Twelfth Century (University of Notre Dame Press), 354-402

• Nightingale, Andrea and Sedley, David (Eds.) 2010. Ancient Models of Mind: Studies in Human and Divine Rationality (Cambridge UP)

• Padel, Ruth 1992. In and Out of the Mind: Greek Images of the Tragic Self (Princeton UP)

• Partner, Nancy F. 2005.  “The hidden self: psychoanalysis and the textual unconscious”, in Nancy F. Partner (ed.), Writing Medieval History (Bloomsbury)

• Pasnau, Robert. 2001. Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature: A Philosophical Study of Summa Theologica 11 75-89 (Cambridge UP)

• Reiss, Timothy J. 2003.  Mirages of the Self: Patterns of Personhood in Ancient and Early Modern Europe (Stanford UP)

• Remes, Paulina. 2007. Plotinus on Self: The Philosophy of the We (Cambridge UP).

• Remes, Pauliina, and Juha Sihvola. 2008. Ancient Philosophy of the Self (Springer)

• Renz, Ursula (Ed.) 2017. Self-Knowledge: A History (Oxford UP)

• Schmaltz, Tad 1996. Malebranche’s Theory of the Soul (Oxford UP)

• Seaford, Richard, Wilkins, John, Wright, Matthew (Eds.) 2017. Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honor of Christopher Gill (Oxford UP)

• Seigel, Jerrold. 2005. The Idea of the Self: Thought and Experience in Western Europe since the Seventeenth Century [Cambridge UP]

• Shaw, D. 2005. Necessary Conjunctions: The Social Self in Medieval England (Palgrave Macmillan)

• Snell, Bruno. 1953. The Discovery of the Mind: the Greek Origins of European Thought (Harvard UP)

• Sorabji, Richard. 2006. Self: Ancient and Modern Insights about Individuality, Life, and Death (Chicago UP)

• Stock, Brian. 1994. “The Self and Literary Experience in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages”, New Literary History 25: 839-52

– 1996. Augustine the Reader (Harvard UP)

– 2010. Augustine’s Inner Dialog: The Philosophical Soliliquy in Late Antiquity (Cambridge UP)

• Strawson, G. 2011. Locke on Personal Identity (Princeton UP)

• Taylor, Charles. 1989. Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity (Harvard UP)

• Thiel, Udo. 2011. The Early Modern Subject: Self-Consciousness and Personal Identity from Descartes to Hume (Oxford UP)

• Torrance, Alexis, and Johannes Zachhuber. 2014. Individuality in Late Antiquity (Ashgate)

• Vance, Eugene. 1973. “Augustine’s Confessions and the Grammar of Selfhood”, Genre 6: 1-28

• Wahrman, Dror. 2004. The Making of the Modern Self. Yale UP.

• Wetzel, James. 2011. “Life in unlikeness: The materiality of Augustine’s conversion”, Journal of Religion 91: 43-63

– 2007. “The Force of Memory: Reflections on the Interrupted Self”, Augustinian Studies 38: 147-59

• Williams, Bernard 2008. Shame and Necessity (U of California Press)

• Wright, John P. and Potter, Paul 2000. Psyche and Soma: Physicians and Metaphysicians on the Mind-Body Problem from Antiquity to Enlightenment (Oxford UP)

• Zak, Gur. 2012.“Modes of Self-Writing from Antiquity to the Middle Ages”, in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin Literature (Oxford UP)

• Zumthor, Paul. 1973. “Autobiography in the Middle Ages?” Genre 6: 29-38









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