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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (1): 13–33.
Published: 01 January 2012
...Joseph Wawrykow That virtue is important in the ethics of Aquinas is generally acknowledged. So too is the fundamentally theological cast of Aquinas’s virtue ethics. In his reflections on the ethical life, Aquinas is especially concerned with the good willing and doing, made possible by virtue...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2019) 49 (1): 113–135.
Published: 01 January 2019
...Paul A. Kottman Shakespeare’s career moves from an explicit concern with theatrical drama to an increasing concern with what John Vyvyan called “the science of life.” This article argues that this increased concern with ethics led Shakespeare to stop writing tragedies. Shakespeare’s plays indeed...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (2): 303–334.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Holly A. Crocker This article argues that Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida continues an important late medieval poetic tradition that highlights the troubling consequences of virtue’s performativity for idealized women. If Chaucer is pessimistic about the potential for Criseyde’s ethical agency...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (1): 1–12.
Published: 01 January 2012
...Jennifer A. Herdt Despite a vibrant revival of the ethics of virtue, now spanning several decades, the discourse of virtue in later medieval and early modern thought and the distinctive forms this reflection takes across varying genres and social settings have been insufficiently integrated...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (3): 445–482.
Published: 01 September 2022
... examinations of medieval versions of human redemption (literary, theological, and devotional) before turning to the political and ethical consequences of Calvin's reformation of these versions of God as played out in the Cromwellian regime of the mid-seventeenth century. Finally, the essay explores...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (3): 545–554.
Published: 01 September 2016
... be applauded; his reading may likewise be applauded: there are exceptionally useful tracks through entire libraries of books compacted in his notes. On the other hand, the book's ethical purpose (to denigrate the liberal West) profoundly damages the entire project. Gregory's account of the “whatever” culture...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (3): 451–465.
Published: 01 September 2023
... that Literary Criticism incurs by its repudiation of intention as a heuristic tool. Apart from its loss of intellectual esteem by peers, any interpretive practice that refuses to intuit intention also loses significant cognitive and ethical purchase. The nature and magnitude of these losses can be measured...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (2): 347–371.
Published: 01 May 2010
... artistic tradition as continuous, inclusive, and constituted by a collaborative ethic of poetic, historical, and moral obligation. As such, the Garland may assist medievalists and especially early modernists in developing new approaches to historical periodization by providing a literary model of cultural...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (2): 373–400.
Published: 01 May 2010
... a speech act and sustain its ethical consequences. For oaths (and related speech acts) to be intelligible in a literary text, the subjectivity performing them has to maintain a constant identity, and cannot be in flux or divided against itself. Concluding that none of the oaths performed by Shakespeare's...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (3): 527–557.
Published: 01 September 2010
... grammar of “serve and deserve.” The article argues that when Langland has his narrator questioned by Reason and asked, “Can you serve?” Langland understands the question, like Luther, in the broadest theological and ethical sense. The article attends in detail to conventional readings that see...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2019) 49 (1): 33–55.
Published: 01 January 2019
... the Passion narrative into neoclassical drama, Christus Patiens raises troubling dramaturgical, ethical, and theological questions about the nature of Christian tragedy and its relation to atonement and conversion. The article traces the complex ways that this play elicits judgments of guilt and innocence...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2019) 49 (3): 541–561.
Published: 01 September 2019
... man-beast. Thomas wrote his romance at the very moment when both astrology and paradoxography (the writing of marvels) were being reevaluated as means of understanding the world, and so Alexander’s odd birth offers a reflection — shaped by the romance genre — on the limitations and ethical...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2020) 50 (2): 403–429.
Published: 01 May 2020
..., and community. Mercie’s labors are performed in continuity with a late medieval tradition linking work and virtue. Her example prompts reconsideration both of Bunyan’s own dissenting allegories and of the uses of literary forms and ethical traditions across conventional period boundaries and confessional...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (2): 285–311.
Published: 01 May 2022
... obedience as fundamental to peace in London. His Testament , written a year later while in prison, revisits the issues that moved him to write the Appeal , this time drawing on medieval ethical and political theory to define the necessity of—and the limits to—obedience in a monarchical society...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (3): 407–413.
Published: 01 September 2022
... into the picture and to see what avenues might be opened as a result. Articles explore what happens to ancient and medieval habits, practices, and conceptualizations of virtue and the virtue tradition resulting from the complex reorganizations of ritual, sacramental, ecclesiological, theological, and ethical...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (2): 287–321.
Published: 01 May 2023
...J. Allan Mitchell Three manuscript copies of John Gower's Vox Clamantis contain large frontispiece images of a fashionable archer shooting at a suspended globe, headed by the short poem “Ad mundum mitto mea iacula, dumque sagitto.” The text-image ensemble aligns with Gower's ethical and rhetorical...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2015) 45 (2): 395–418.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Astrid Giugni This essay analyzes the treatment of temperance in Milton’s early entertainment, A Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle , within the context of the history of virtue ethics. It argues that Milton combines Aristotle’s version of temperance with Plato’s epistemology. In the masque...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (2): 405–432.
Published: 01 May 2016
... scrutinizing the capabilities and costs of an intercessory ethic. William Shakespeare Measure for Measure logic of substitution intercessory speech and action justice and mercy • Bent Speech and Borrowed Selves...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (1): 181–200.
Published: 01 January 2012
... in the mouth of a spokesperson whose authority could hardly be surpassed, Milton aligns himself firmly with Augustine and other Christian theologians who questioned classical magnanimity and emphasized humility. But at other places in both his poetry and prose, Milton comes close to suggesting human ethical...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (1): 201–224.
Published: 01 January 2012
... alternative still valuable for anyone interested in rooting ethics in the rich loam of relational dynamics. © 2012 by Duke University Press 2012 a Relational Virtue: Anne Bradstreet, Edward Taylor...