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Title:Performing piety: preachers and players in East Anglia, 1400-1520
Author(s):Hubert, Ann Marie
Director of Research:Barrett, Jr., Robert W.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Barrett, Jr., Robert W.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Wright, Charles D.; Camargo, Martin; Perry, Curtis; Symes, Carol
Department / Program:English
Discipline:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):East Anglia
drama
medieval
sermon
preaching
artes praedicandi
Macro Manuscript
Digby Manuscript
N-Town Manuscript
exemplum
inventio
play
Dominican Order
Franciscan Order
Cambridge
Mankind
Wisdom
Castle of Perseverance
The Conversion of St. Paul
Mary Magdalene
Abstract:“Performing Piety” examines the interdependent relationship between medieval sermons and plays in late-medieval East Anglia, arguing that the mutual use of thematic divisions and exempla (moral tales) evinces the reciprocal interaction of preacher and playwright. By focusing on these common rhetorical strategies, I stress the medieval play’s confluence with preaching’s form, rejecting the critical assumption that drama depends on the sermon to instead demonstrate the two genres’ interactive creation of a regionally-inflected performance continuum. In East Anglia, preachers and players used the same spaces in the area’s numerous churches and churchyards, a circumstance that reinforced these rhetorical and generic continuities. My dissertation therefore reevaluates the regional specificity of East Anglian preaching and drama and, by emphasizing the mutual employment of exempla, reconfigures East Anglian devotional culture. An examination of the fluidity that embodied rhetoric affords to pious material in writing and performance reveals that drama’s employment of sermon rhetoric enables these plays to embody what they enact, transforming themselves into exempla that animate a path to salvation.
Issue Date:2015-12-03
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89212
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Ann Marie Hubert
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-02
Date Deposited:2015-12


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