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Title: Edition critique de la cinquième journée du mystère de sainte Barbe en cinq journées
Author: Longtin, M.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2001
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Abstract:
This thesis makes accessible an unedited and hitherto unpublished text of great value for the history of literature and theatre. It was written c. 1450-1500 and consists of about 25,000 lines. It is a unique document of its time, as there is no other hagiographic mystery play of this size or importance with a woman as the central character. The play contains numerous stage directions that make it even more compelling for a historian of theatre. Barbara is arguably the most celebrated female saint of the 15th and 16th centuries. Too often, specialists of the period choose the high-profile Saint Catherine to exemplify their work. Here I argue that Saint Barbara is central to the understanding of popular devotion of the period. Le mystere de sainte Barbe en cinq journées helps us to shed light on that very devotion, as this text is meant for the stage : to be performed before an audience from all walks of life. The fifth day presents us with a prime example of what a Mystery play could offer. It contains diableries, the final tortures of the saint and her death, numerous miracles and a farce, and a holy war between pagans and Christians. The language of the manuscript is also very interesting. For example, the use of suymes and quel, the many infinitives in er and ir written respectively ez and iz, the consistent use of -ou and where -o is found in modern French, to name but a few. I suggest also that the versification and the didascalies should be understood in such a way so as to help the reader break the text in smaller, more convenient sequences without imposing a modern structure onto the Mystery play. The body of this thesis is the edition of the fifth day, which consists of 5531 lines. It is preceded by an introduction comprising: a description of the manuscript: a section on the legend and devotion to Saint Barbara; a survey of the dramatic texts and productions related to the saint; a review of the sources used by the author; a guide to reading the mystery plays (making use of the Pausa) and more specifically the Mystere de sainte Barbe en cinq journées, together with a summary of the fifth day; a study of the farcical elements found in the text; and a reflection on the importance of Cyprus and the later Crusades.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.654023  DOI: Not available
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