Medieval Aristotelianism and the Poetics of the English Corpus Christi Drama
While Taylor does not argue specifically for the influence of Aristotle on the Corpus Christi dramatists, the telltale phrases embedded in his essay (“object imitated,” “classic stages of ‘plot,’” “a serious action”) nonetheless illustrate the ingrained nature of modern critics’ assumptions about Aristotle and drama; yet given what we know about the transmission of Aristotelian texts into the intellectual discourse of the West in the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, such assumptions must be reexamined.
This history presents a unified development from clearly defined beginning, through complication and crisis, to clearly defined end, so that the total dramatic projection of this history has a unity borrowed from the object it imitates.1
KeywordsThirteenth Century Posterior Analytics Intellectual Power Agent Intellect Spiritual Understanding
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