Paradise, pleasure and desire: Edenic delight in some late-medieval dramatic fragments

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James, Sarah (2017)

This paper explores the biblical Paradise and its relationship with the concept of delight or pleasure. In the first section it discusses the changing descriptions and interpretations of Paradise, from the biblical text to later medieval works; it goes on to explore the Augustinian and Thomist philosophies of pleasure and delight. Finally it brings together three late-medieval dramatic texts, all of which share an interest in Paradise, and explores the ways in which these texts utilise the contemporary understanding of delight in order to reinforce their didacticism.
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