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Theater and the Sacred in the Middle Ages

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Andrzej Dąbrówka

The book presents a theory of relationships between the forms of devotion
and early drama genres. The historical background is the circumstances of the Church becoming independent of the Empire. A theological and philosophical aspect of the transformation of piety at the time was the specification of the ontological status of the sacred (spiritualization) and "shifting it to Heaven" (transcendentalization). In opposition to a theory of Western civilization as a process of increasing individual self-control, the author argues for the need to take into account purely religious conditions (the idea of recapitulation). This allows the author to develop a holistic aesthetics for the religiously inspired creativity in the period spanning the 11th-15th centuries and to propose a new typology of medieval drama.

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The Publication is funded by Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland as a part of the National Programme for the Development of the Humanities. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Ministry cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Cover Ilustration: Excerpt from Roman ivory relief“Women at Christ's tomb and the ascension”,the so-called “Reidersche Tafel”. Inv.-Nr. 157 MA, Foto Nr. D27841.

© Bayerisches Nationalmuseum München. Foto: Walter Haberland.

ISSN 2364-3919

ISBN 978-3-631-65501-6 (Print)

E-ISBN 978-3-653-04797-4 (E-PDF)

E-ISBN 978-3-631-70858-3 (EPUB)

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