Date of Award

2019

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Group

English

First Advisor

Emily Steiner

Second Advisor

Rita Copeland

Abstract

This project explores medieval literature as a site to disentangle the longstanding critical conflation of character and psychology. I use the figure of Judas Iscariot as a case study to argue that the seeming incoherence of medieval characters can reframe characterization as a tactic deployed by the text, rather than an unmediated reflection of human subjectivity.

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