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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (3): 533–565.
Published: 01 September 2022
...Lindsey Larre The many disguises of Edgar in King Lear have led critics to dub the chameleonic figure a choreographer of human compassion in a play that holds compassion as a vital dramaturgical principle. This essay argues that Edgar's performances of suffering and his choreographies of deception...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (1): 41–67.
Published: 01 January 2022
... the extent or, importantly, the causes of ecological catastrophe. Its forms suggest that creation's compassion for Christ's suffering actually results in violent self-destruction—a suggestion that troubles twenty-first-century narratives of ecological catastrophe and human responsibility. Although the motif...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (1): 1–5.
Published: 01 January 2016
...—most famously Susan Sontag—have commented on the problems inherent in trying to write about suffering and on the limitations of metaphorical language. At the same time, many writers (both premodern and modern) have seen opportunities in the richness, polysemy, and (sometimes) novelty of medical...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2015) 45 (2): 323–342.
Published: 01 May 2015
..., which held that all animal and plant life will perish after the Last Judgment and not be part of the promised “new heaven and new earth,” Bradford argues that creation in its entirety—not just humanity—will joyously be freed from the suffering it has endured since the Fall. © 2015 by Duke University...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2019) 49 (2): 265–294.
Published: 01 May 2019
... century via two of its earliest theorists, Nicholas Love and Margery Kempe, and it shows how compassion functioned as a keyword, registering a series of challenges and confusions in its meaning that represented a cultural change—including increased focus on the humanity of Christ—which demanded new...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2008) 38 (3): 413–442.
Published: 01 September 2008
... less than the fact that these were all afflictions involving humoral flow, and that these afflictions accounted, together, for the greater part of human suffering. And in any case, most rheumatisms were in fact catarrhs; most harmful fluxes did flow down from the brain. Catarrhs thus...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2011) 41 (2): 317–343.
Published: 01 May 2011
... Hadewijch calls relaxed, extended, inclined, or protracted (“neyghede”) time, like an Augus- tinian distentio, that is, as the distention of the soul. The time of creation, for Hadewijch, yearns in the measure of what it lacks; thus humanity suffers, but does so productively. Finally...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (3): 503–531.
Published: 01 September 2022
... castrated and the priest hauled off by the devil are comic in their outlines. Is that all? Our responses to these tales have to begin with the simple fact that they record episodes of human suffering. What makes it possible to respond to that suffering with laughter? What would it take to tip these tales...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (1): 65–88.
Published: 01 January 2010
... of theater itself come to attention in a way that bears implications for the availability of playing as a means to inquire into human suffering. The action begins with the image of two men who appear to be playing different scenes: one man pretends (or pretends to pretend, which looks much...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2001) 31 (3): 561–584.
Published: 01 September 2001
... as Wilson writes, “Christ Jesus beeing the trueth and substance, who in the offering of himselfe once upon the crosse, hath fully apeased Gods wrath.”10 The term that had been used to describe an action that humans perform on behalf of God now designates an act of divine suffering performed on behalf...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (1): 69–92.
Published: 01 January 2022
... the possibilities of human agency as a central feature of the poem's meditative exploration of human contingency, arguing that the poem itself is an exercise in containing and controlling affective responses to the existential dread of pain, suffering, and death. 7 The cræft of poetry, in the Old English sense...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (3): 445–482.
Published: 01 September 2022
..., nor is there any inclination to sideline the physical sufferings of Christ, nor to ignore human agents and institutions involved in the Crucifixion. On the contrary, they are so prominent that one can perceive the congruence between Love's meditations and the dramatizations of the Passion...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2020) 50 (2): 269–291.
Published: 01 May 2020
... to pain. Scarry s focus on the expe- rience of pain as an essential factor in the visibility of the human turns out to resonate quite directly with medieval theories of Christian suffering. Essential to the conception of Christ s passion that developed from the early twelfth century onwards...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2007) 37 (2): 221–269.
Published: 01 May 2007
..., she dra- matizes the process by which she comes to substitute an understanding of suffering for her previously held belief in judgment.55 In so doing, she learns to identify Christ in the face of the servant who wears the foul clothes of human toil. When she first “sees” the lord...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (2): 333–363.
Published: 01 May 2012
..., in which Julian reaffirms her commitment to Jesus in his suffering humanity by choosing not to look away from the crucifix. Saturated with awkwardly paired images, the revelation is especially enlightening because it shows how such discord supports union. The revelation begins with a strikingly...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (1): 35–57.
Published: 01 January 2012
... herself from Cecca in the process. Insulted and misunderstood by humans, especially those closest to her, Catherine bore all these sufferings “victoriously by her courageous and ever-­vigilant patience” (par. 415), eventually winning the three women’s conversions, one by one. Demons also...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2009) 39 (2): 257–281.
Published: 01 May 2009
... of affective devotion nor in identification with the human suffering of Christ — but the celebration of the triumph over death of Christ Panto- crator. There is suspense in it, enormous power and sublimity, but no sad- ness. The debates between Lucifer and Satan before the harrowing of hell, their mutual...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (1): 167–188.
Published: 01 January 2016
... display of mas- terful dominance could exist than to displace Christ himself as an exemplar of Christian suffering? But the conditions under which this displacement emerges suggest that this is less an example of Donne’s brilliant mastery than of his fumbling humanity. After all, we arrive...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (2): 193–214.
Published: 01 May 2021
... tribulation as a form of suffering, distinct from sin, that allows human beings to imitate Christ. “ ‘If thou mightest live without sinne, thou woldest suffer for my love alle the wo, all the tribulation and disese [upset] that might come to the,’ ” Christ says to Julian, among the reflections on sin...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (1): 1–16.
Published: 01 January 2022
... movements occur in an instant. The lyric thus uses repetition and simultaneity to begin to move toward an expression of both the subjective experience of the disaster and its significance. 15 This information is drawn from Jelle Zeilinga de Boer and Donald Theodore Sanders, Earthquakes in Human...