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The «Noble Gyn» of Comedy in the Middle English Cycle Plays

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Virginia Schaefer Carroll

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.
Contents: Comedy in the Cycle Plays - Old Testament Challenges to Authority - Comic Questioning of the Incarnation - Tense Comedy in the New Testament Plays.