Abstract

In The York Corpus Christi Plays, Christ calls upon spectators to look at his body in a devotional gaze, one that demands sympathy for his sufferings. This article examines how medieval notions of vision inform our understanding of what it means to participate in a Passion narrative through the vehicle of sight. In The York Plays, the character Christ compels the spectator to look at him, to recall the sacrifice he made and, through performance, is continuously making. This synchronicity suggests different avenues for studying medieval devotional performance; these images and bodies of Christ are not static but rather fluid, and thus serve as cues to the importance of remembering and seeing Christ internally, beyond the performance.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1557-0290
Print ISSN
0069-6412
Pages
pp. 169-189
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-20
Open Access
No
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