Thirteenth-Century English Religious Lyrics, Religious Women, and the Cistercian Imagination

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Thirteenth-Century English Religious Lyrics, Religious Women, and the Cistercian Imagination

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dc.contributor.advisor Wright, Stephen K. en_US Allen, Charlotte Low en_US
dc.contributor.other Jansen, Katherine L. en_US
dc.contributor.other Grimbert, Joan T. en_US 2012-09-11T17:13:00Z 2012-09-11T17:13:00Z 2011 en_US 2012-09-11
dc.identifier.other Allen_cua_0043A_10183 en_US
dc.description Degree awarded: Ph.D. Medieval and Byzantine Studies. The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.description This dissertation can be viewed by CUA users only. en_US
dc.description.abstract Nearly all of the brief Middle English lyric poems that began to appear in manuscripts during the first half of the thirteenth century are religious in nature, and nearly all either concern the passion of Christ or are prayers to his mother, Mary. Very often the two motifs appear in tandem, in poems that place both speaker and audience at the foot of Christ's cross where Mary is engulfed in a sorrow that the reader is asked to experience empathetically. This dissertation argues that the lyrics grew out of a prose meditative genre, in particular a Cistercian meditative genre related to twelfth-century exegesis of the Song of Songs, that offered readers a series of visual tableaux of events in the life of Christ to experience imaginatively. The passion of Christ was a central focus of this sort of meditation. The English Cistercian abbot Aelred of Rievaulx's <underline>De institutione inclusarum<underline>, a treatise addressed to his anchoress-sister, offered a model of this genre that was widely copied and imitated, and some of the earliest English religious lyrics appear either as part of those prose meditative texts or as appendices thereto. Eventually both the prose texts and the lyrics became devotional reading for laypeople. This dissertation examines the literary relationship between the lyrics and the prose texts and some of the manuscripts where the earliest Middle English religious lyrics appear. en_US
dc.format.extent 450 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.publisher The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.subject Medieval Literature en_US
dc.subject Medieval History en_US
dc.subject.other devotional en_US
dc.subject.other English en_US
dc.subject.other lyric en_US
dc.subject.other manuscript en_US
dc.subject.other medieval en_US
dc.subject.other thirteenth en_US
dc.title Thirteenth-Century English Religious Lyrics, Religious Women, and the Cistercian Imagination en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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