The "Noble Gyn" of Comedy in the Middle English Cycle Plays

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This study examines the cycle dramatists' use of comedy as a noble gyn, a clever artifice used to bring their audiences, unawares, to a state of greater spiritual understanding and acceptance. Through their emotional involvement with the comic action of the mystery cycles, the spectators are lured to participate in often vigorous struggles with the difficult issues of faith: divine authority, the limits of humanity, divine incarnation, the meaning of Christ's suffering.The central question here is difficult: how can men possibly accept the idea of Divine Incarnation, an article of faith which, ... this bewildering question on the traditional Nativity narrative and seek answers not in the religious glosses but in theanbsp;...

Title:The "Noble Gyn" of Comedy in the Middle English Cycle Plays
Author:Virginia Schaefer Carroll
Publisher:Peter Lang Pub Incorporated - 1989


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