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This thesis examines four medieval works, Beowulf, Pearl, The History of the Kings of Britain, and Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart from an ecocritical perspective. Specifically, it looks at how water affects the human culture described within each work, how the characters and their culture affect the water in return, and how they position themselves in regard to nature. This examination includes any relevant influences which affect the characters’ perception of the various bodies of water, such as the religion, technological advances, and historical background of the time period during which the authors wrote each work. It discusses each work in chronological order, and look at how the characters’ and audiences’ attitudes toward bodies of water have changed from the 10th to the 14th century.
Beowulf; Ecocriticism; Geoffrey of Monmouth; Lancelot; Pearl; Water
English Language and Literature | Medieval Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Lechmann, Cortney Nicole, "Water, Prestige, and Christianity: An Ecocritical Look at Medieval Literature" (2016). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2696.
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