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dc.contributor.authorGilchrist, Maggie
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-31T15:07:59Z
dc.date.available2016-08-31T15:07:59Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/72150
dc.description.abstractThis thesis analyzes the role of undead figures in late medieval romance. Rather than focusing on the nature of the undead figures as representations of good or evil, this paper demonstrates that the undead characters of this period can be seen as more of mirrors to the living than as self-sustaining entities. This thesis explores three late medieval romances: The Awntyrs off Arthur, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Le Morte Darthur. These works can be read as a guide to understanding medieval people’s view of death as a reminder of one’s moral duty. In addition, these texts demonstrate that the undead function as markers of judgement on the living—symbols that force both characters and readers to take inventory of their flaws. The importance of the undead rests not in and of themselves, but in the living’s ability to correctly interpret the messages they bring.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectUndeaden_US
dc.subjectLiterature, Medievalen_US
dc.subjectMalory, Thomasen_US
dc.subjectAwntyrs Off Arthuren_US
dc.subjectSir Gawain and the Green Knighten_US
dc.subjectLe Morte Darthuren_US
dc.subjectEnglish literature - Middle English, 1100-1500
dc.titleMirror to the Soul: The Undead in Late Medieval Romanceen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.date.defence2016-08-31
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Englishen_US
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
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dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorLyn Bennetten_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerDavid Evansen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerMelissa Furrowen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorKathy Cawseyen_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsNot Applicableen_US
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