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Quest of the Individual

Title: The Quest of the Individual: Interpreting the Narrative Structure in the Miracle Windows at Canterbury Cathedral.
Name(s): Todd, Mary Lewise Barry, author
Gerson, Paula, professor directing thesis
Neuman, Robert, committee member
Emmerson, Richard, committee member
Department of Art History, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis examines the stained glass windows in the ambulatory of Trinity Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral, known as the Miracle Windows, and presents the argument that they function as a type of visual miracle collection, one that parallels the textual accounts of the miracles posthumously performed by St. Thomas Becket. Case studies of these visualized miracle stories will show that the narrative structure deemphasizes the figure of the saint, relying instead on the individual who is the recipient of cure. This new narratological approach differentiates the visual miracle collection from the textual Miracula, effectively eliminating the notion that the stained glass served as an illustration to the text and, instead, suggesting that it served as an additional "text." The narrative structure also distinguishes the Becket series from the other stained glass adorning Canterbury, both biblical and hagiographical. Finally, because the narratives in the Miracle Windows privilege the individual, I suggest that these windows should be considered in the context of the cultural development termed the "Discovery of the Self," and will relate the imagery to twelfth- and thirteenth-century texts associated with this genre.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1290 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis Submitted to the Department of Art History in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2007.
Date of Defense: July 11, 2007.
Keywords: Canterbury Cathedral, Stained Glass, St. Thomas Becket, Miracle Windows, Trinity Chapel, Medieval
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Paula Gerson, Professor Directing Thesis; Robert Neuman, Committee Member; Richard Emmerson, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Art -- History
Architecture -- History
Archaeology -- History
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Todd, M. L. B. (2007). The Quest of the Individual: Interpreting the Narrative Structure in the Miracle Windows at Canterbury Cathedral. Retrieved from