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Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Definitions for exegesis

  1. Exposition; explanation; especially, a critical explanation of a text.

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Citations for exegesis
It is a fiercely argued exegesis of Shakespeare's plays in the tradition of Samuel Johnson, Hazlitt and A. C. Bradley, a study that is as passionate as it is erudite. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
These are tightly argued, crisp exercises in literary and cultural exegesis which make perfectly clear the brilliant patterns of language and oftentimes strained analogic thinking of the poets. , in the Journal of Modern Literature
Origin of exegesis
1610-1620
Exegesis comes from Greek, from exegeisthai, "to explain, to interpret," from ex-, "out of" + hegeisthai, "to lead, to guide." Thus an exegesis is, at root, "a leading or guiding out of" a complexity.