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The Resource Staging contemplation : participatory theology in Middle English prose, verse, and drama, Eleanor Johnson

Staging contemplation : participatory theology in Middle English prose, verse, and drama, Eleanor Johnson

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Staging contemplation : participatory theology in Middle English prose, verse, and drama
Title
Staging contemplation
Title remainder
participatory theology in Middle English prose, verse, and drama
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Eleanor Johnson
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Language
eng
Summary
What does it mean to contemplate? In the Middle Ages, more than merely thinking with intensity, it was a religious practice entailing utter receptiveness to the divine presence. Contemplation is widely considered by scholars today to have been the highest form of devotional prayer, a rarified means of experiencing God practiced only by the most devout of monks, nuns, and mystics. Yet, in this groundbreaking new book, Eleanor Johnson argues instead for the pervasiveness and accessibility of contemplative works to medieval audiences. By drawing together ostensibly diverse literary genres-devotional prose, allegorical poetry, cycle dramas, and morality plays-Staging Contemplation paints late Middle English contemplative writing as a broad genre that operated collectively and experientially as much as through radical individual disengagement from the world. Johnson further argues that the contemplative genre played a crucial role in the exploration of the English vernacular as a literary and theological language in the fifteenth century, tracing how these works engaged modes of disfluency-from strained syntax and aberrant grammar, to puns, slang, code-switching, and laughter-to explore the limits, norms, and potential of English as a devotional language. Full of virtuoso close readings, this book demonstrates a sustained interest in how poetic language can foster a participatory experience of likeness to God among lay and devotional audiences alike
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ICU/DLC
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1979-
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Johnson, Eleanor
Dewey number
820.9/001
Index
index present
LC call number
PR275.R4
LC item number
J645 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • English literature
  • Theology in literature
  • English literature
  • Theology in literature
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Staging contemplation : participatory theology in Middle English prose, verse, and drama, Eleanor Johnson
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Middle English contemplation : forming vernacular participation -- Part I : Participating in time and eternity. Feeling time, will, and words : vernacular devotion in The cloud of unknowing -- Julian of Norwich and the comfort of eternity -- Part II : "Kyndely" participation. Piers Plowman and social likeness : how to know God "Kyndely" -- There's something about Mary : staging the divine in "Kyndely" language, time, and the social world -- Part III : Vernacular comedy and collective participation. Likeness and collectivity in the play of Wisdom -- Laughing our way toward God; or, dramatic comedy and vernacular contemplation -- Conclusion : Staging contemplation in the vernacular
Control code
1019841150
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 254 pages
Isbn
9780226572178
Lccn
2017060711
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028446015
System control number
(OCoLC)1019841150
Label
Staging contemplation : participatory theology in Middle English prose, verse, and drama, Eleanor Johnson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Middle English contemplation : forming vernacular participation -- Part I : Participating in time and eternity. Feeling time, will, and words : vernacular devotion in The cloud of unknowing -- Julian of Norwich and the comfort of eternity -- Part II : "Kyndely" participation. Piers Plowman and social likeness : how to know God "Kyndely" -- There's something about Mary : staging the divine in "Kyndely" language, time, and the social world -- Part III : Vernacular comedy and collective participation. Likeness and collectivity in the play of Wisdom -- Laughing our way toward God; or, dramatic comedy and vernacular contemplation -- Conclusion : Staging contemplation in the vernacular
Control code
1019841150
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 254 pages
Isbn
9780226572178
Lccn
2017060711
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028446015
System control number
(OCoLC)1019841150

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