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The current revival of interest in craft traditions, by makers and scholars alike, brings our attention to particular intersections of material techniques, social relationships, pedagogical habits, and attitudes toward beauty, utility, and creativity. The approaches to artistic production found in craft communities point us away from sharp distinctions between “high” and “low” art, between solitary geniuses and nameless workers, between influence, imitation, and innovation. In this carefully argued book, Morwenna Ludlow asks what we would gain if we regarded late antique Christian literary production in a similar light. Ludlow recasts a collection of debates over imitation, rhetoric, early Christian pedagogy, and theology as interconnected elements of a literary craft tradition.


Originally published in Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses. 2022. Volume 51. Issue 3. Pages 420 - 422.