Planctus Mariae : performing compassion as a means of social promotion

Source document: Theatralia. 2020, vol. 23, iss. 2, pp. 74-91
  • ISSN
    1803-845X (print)
    2336-4548 (online)
The aim of the study is to explore the emancipative potential of performative practices associated with the high medieval idiom of affective devotion, particularly with the genre of Marian Lament (planctus Mariae). The mechanisms of (temporal) social elevation through a bodily experience of such cultural motives as Christ's Bride (sponsa Christi), Tools of Christ's Passion (arma Christi) and the veneration of Christ's Side Wound are demonstrated on the example of the Planctus Mariae in the Passional of Abbess Kunigunde, a 14th-century manuscript codex produced in Bohemia for the eponymous abbess of the Benedictine nunnery of St. George at the Prague Castle.
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