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dc.contributor.advisorParkinson, David J.en_US
dc.creatorWilkinson, Maryse (Micky)en_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-10-01T13:37:30Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-04T05:00:19Z
dc.date.available2007-10-02T08:00:00Zen_US
dc.date.available2013-01-04T05:00:19Z
dc.date.created2007-10en_US
dc.date.issued2007-10-02en_US
dc.date.submittedOctober 2007en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/etd-10012007-133730en_US
dc.description.abstractThe manuscript of the medieval morality play The Castle of Perseverance contains an illustration commonly understood as the earliest example of a medieval stage plan. Yet The Castle is an allegory, an extended metaphor, the meaning of which comes from the exegetical tradition. Medieval drama is didactic, and education, like exegesis and metaphor, operates on many levels. The Castle plays on the meaning of “play:” to read it solely as a play is to read merely the first level of meaning. This thesis considers The Castle not in its usual dramatic context but in that of devotional literature: specifically, exegesis, mysticism, and the monastic practice of lectio divina, “divine reading.” It focuses on the text and diagram as the verbal and visual illustration of classical and biblical metaphors: among these, the pilgrimage of life, the castle of the mind, the treasure chest of the heart, and the river of the soul. Gregory the Great’s Moralia in Job is discussed as the likeliest source of the metaphors found in The Castle; the Moralia serves as an exemplar of allegory as a systematic metaphor and a metaphoric system. The Castle allegorizes and actualizes an abstraction, the process of temptation; depicting the mind as a stage on which players become “prayers.” Morality plays concern the ethics of salvation: one is the sum of one’s choices. Thus, the manuscript’s goal is to foster contemplation or “Christian Socratism,” the examination of conscience, as a prerequisite to salvation and the mystical union with God.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectbattle of the virtues and vicesen_US
dc.subjectarx mentisen_US
dc.subjectbiblical metaphoren_US
dc.subjectplateaen_US
dc.titleOn site and insight : a reading of the Castle of Perseverance and its staging diagram in situen_US
thesis.degree.departmentEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts (M.A.)en_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLiptay, Johnen_US


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