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Forms of Living: Asceticism, Culture, and Articulating the "medeled liyf" in Late Medieval English Literature.

Stasik, Tamara. "Forms of Living: Asceticism, Culture, and Articulating the "medeled liyf" in Late Medieval English Literature." PhD thesis, Indiana University, 2012.

Review

"My project engages vernacular theology from the perspective of Middle English secular literature, examining how authors shape the late medieval discourse of the mixed life affecting self and community, as well as textual production--the cultural effects of ascetics. I argue that the 'Clerk's Tale,' the 'Confessio Amantis,' and the 'Play Called Wisdom' imagine separate applications of Walter Hilton's 'Medled Liyf' (or mixed life) and evaluate living as a secular ascetic. I contend that contrary to theological and ecclesiastical texts, these writings acknowledge lay piety's ascetic impulse as a secular act, tentatively in the fourteenth century and then more boldly in the fifteenth century." [JGN 33.2.]

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:DAI-A 74/01(E) (July 2013)
Subjects:Sources, Analogues, and Literary Relations
Confessio Amantis

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