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Paradise, pleasure and desire: Edenic delight in some late-medieval dramatic fragments

James, Sarah (2017) Paradise, pleasure and desire: Edenic delight in some late-medieval dramatic fragments. Literature and Theology, 32 (1). pp. 53-68. ISSN 0269-1205. E-ISSN 1477-4623. (doi:10.1093/litthe/frw047)

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Abstract

This paper explores the biblical Paradise and its relationship with the concept of delight or pleasure. In the first section it discusses the changing descriptions and interpretations of Paradise, from the biblical text to later medieval works; it goes on to explore the Augustinian and Thomist philosophies of pleasure and delight. Finally it brings together three late-medieval dramatic texts, all of which share an interest in Paradise, and explores the ways in which these texts utilise the contemporary understanding of delight in order to reinforce their didacticism.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/litthe/frw047
Uncontrolled keywords: Paradise; medieval drama
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Sarah James
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2016 12:50 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:18 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/59003 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
James, Sarah: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1897-5389
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