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dc.contributor.advisorCampangne, Herve Ten_US
dc.contributor.authorMcKinley, Kathrynen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-04-22T16:06:33Z
dc.date.available2008-04-22T16:06:33Z
dc.date.issued2007-12-11en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/7737
dc.description.abstractIn the lives of the saints, it is clear that medieval hagiography reflects the statement, "Antiquity has a twofold life in the Middle Ages: reception and transformation." The vernacular poems of the virgin martyrs (Clemence of Barking's The Life of St. Catherine and the anonymous lives of St. Agnes and St. Barbara) as well as the prose biographies of the Beguines (Jacques de Vitry's The Life of Marie d'Oignies and Philippine de Porcellet's The Life of Saint Douceline) are testaments to this process as they reveal medieval perspectives on such topics as pagan learning and religion. Hagiography from the 12th to the 14th centuries presents a privileged view of a society defining itself against the past. Medieval hagiography is a product of writers trained in or somehow familiar with the treatises of the Ciceronian rhetorical tradition that were the standard textbooks of the time. Although often dismissed for their similarities, these works should be carefully considered by students of French literature given their precise following of precepts that govern their structure and content. Simply put, rhetoric once represented the whole of literary criticism, and one cannot read these texts without an appreciation for this fact. A rhetorical analysis of these texts highlights their literary value and illustrates their role in the history of ideas.en_US
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dc.titleCiceronian Rhetoric and the Art of Medieval French Hagiographyen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentModern French Studiesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledLiterature, Medievalen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledWomen's Studiesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledrhetoricen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledmedieval french literatureen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledhagiographyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledbeguinesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledsaint catherineen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledsaint agnesen_US


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