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dc.contributor.advisorJohnson, Ian R. (Ian Richard)
dc.contributor.advisorPolley, Jacob
dc.contributor.authorLivermore, Christian
dc.description.abstractFactual accounts of revenants – the risen dead – seized the medieval imagination in the early eleventh century, and were recorded by serious historians and ecclesiastics as true. They then began to appear in secular imaginative literature and art, growing progressively more elaborate and frightening throughout the Middle Ages whilst retaining many of the religious overtones expressed overtly in the ecclesiastic tales. By the early modern and modern period, the tales were removed from any overt religious context and were told as purely imaginative literature. The academic half of this thesis explores the influence on the tales of the Christian doctrine of resurrection and the cult of the body of Christ and of the saints, then traces the migration of those tales into imaginative literature from the Middle Ages to the present. It identifies key motifs from the medieval chronicles and imaginative literature that continue to appear in modern stories, and explores the extent to which Christian eschatology altered perceptions of the dead and why, in an increasingly secular context, fascination with such tales continued into modern literature, what part fear of death played throughout this period, and how that fear was expressed, first in an ecclesiastical context, then in imaginative literature through horror stories. The creative half of my thesis is a literary fiction novel updating a medieval revenant tale, the Legend of the Three Living and the Three Dead, to twenty-first century New England.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subjectMedieval deathen_US
dc.subjectLegend of the Three Living and the Three Deaden_US
dc.subjectDanse macabreen_US
dc.subject.lcshDead in literatureen_US
dc.subject.lcshDeath--Religious aspects--Christianity--History of doctrines--Middle Ages, 600-1500en_US
dc.subject.lcshLiterature, Medieval--History and criticismen_US
dc.subject.lcshResurrection--History of doctrines--Middle Ages, 600-1500en_US
dc.subject.lcshDance of death in literatureen_US
dc.titleRevenants from the Church to literatureen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.rights.embargodatePrint and electronic copy restricted until 15th December 2020en_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulationsen_US

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