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dc.contributor.advisorSpector, Stephenen_US
dc.contributor.authorFlorio, Nicolette Deniseen_US
dc.contributor.otherDepartment of Englishen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-22T17:34:31Z
dc.date.available2013-05-22T17:34:31Z
dc.date.issued1-May-12en_US
dc.date.submitted12-Mayen_US
dc.identifierFlorio_grad.sunysb_0771M_10878en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1951/59648
dc.description42 pg.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe thesis examines the relationship between the active and contemplative life in the medieval English texts The Cloud of Unknowing and The Book of Margery Kempe. The similarities and differences between the views of the Cloud's author and Margery Kempe on the interplay between the active and contemplative life is discussed. I use their positions to support my theory that the mixed life, which involves aspects of both the contemplative and active life, permits an individual to serve God with both body and spirit. The diverse actions a person performs physically and spiritually will validate the multitude of paths that may be pursued in forming a relationship with God. The texts will be used to demonstrate that man must integrate both the physical and spiritual to unite with God in spiritual marriage. I will establish that Margery Kempe's call to serve all of humanity in the active life is the fruit of her commitment to contemplative prayer. The proof of a holy active life being rooted in prayer will be further established by the Cloud author's praise for the physicality involved in contemplation.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipStony Brook University Libraries. SBU Graduate School in Department of English. Charles Taber (Dean of Graduate School).en_US
dc.formatElectronic Resourceen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherThe Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY.en_US
dc.subject.lcshMedieval literatureen_US
dc.titleActs of Devotion: Loving God with Body and Soul in The Cloud of Unknowing and The Book of Margery Kempeen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.advisorAdvisor(s): Spector, Stephen . Committee Member(s): ;en_US
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