Typology, Criticism, and Medieval Drama: Some Observations on Method


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

Students of medieval drama frequently suggest that typological exegesis provides a method by which the essential poetic meaning and the unifying compositional principle of the cycle plays become intelligible to its audience. The following essay examines the manner in which systems of doctrinal concordances appear in the pictorial programs of biblical art. Hopefully, by looking at selected examples of religious art we can develop an awareness of when and how typology was used in the depiction of the bible story; and, more importantly, we can develop a standard for a more trustworthy reading of the cycle drama.

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