Worshipping Corpus Christi: Mary Magdalene in the English Mystery Cycles (Critical Essay) - Studia Anglica Posnaniensia: international review of English Studies

Worshipping Corpus Christi: Mary Magdalene in the English Mystery Cycles (Critical Essay)

By Studia Anglica Posnaniensia: international review of English Studies

  • Release Date - Published: 2002-08-06
  • Book Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Author: Studia Anglica Posnaniensia: international review of English Studies
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ABSTRACT The open-ended form of the Scripture and the multiplicity of apocryphal and folk traditions pertaining to the saint often make it difficult to differentiate Mary Magdalene from other Marys in the cycles. She can be identified as Mary of Bethany, the woman who washed Christ's feet, the repentant prostitute or, most importantly, the woman to whom the risen Christ appears. The aim of this article is to examine the presentation of the saint in the Resurrection pageants in the English mystery plays. Her spirituality which exceeds a purely human perspective focused on the "here and now" and her devotion, often expressed by the playwrights in terms of physicality, will be discussed. Dramatic implications of the apostles' rejection of the news of the Resurrection, announced by Mary Magdalene, will be investigated, and an interpretation of the silence of the saint, accused by them of idle "carping", will be offered. Finally, the divergent attitudes of Mary Magdalene and the disbelieving Thomas towards the risen Christ will be examined.

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