, Volume 94, Issue 4, pp 653-669
Date: 21 Feb 2010

Elle t’amène à la plus haute joie: Les émotions dans trois miracles de la Vierge en moyen néerlandais

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Abstract

Analysis of the emotions of the characters in three fourteenth-century Middle Dutch miracles of the Virgin: Beatrijs, Theophilus and Jonathas ende Rosafiere. Special attention is given to the transformation of grief into joy, since the texts themselves refer to the miraculous events in terms of this transformation. The study of emotions can serve as an innovative interpretive framework, to complement more traditional theological, devotional, cultural or literary approaches. In addition, the case of Jonathas ende Rosafiere shows that one of the main themes of this text, the importance of compassion, is closely related to the emotions of the characters and the intended reaction of the public.

An erratum to this article can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11061-010-9224-2