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Fantasy and Language in <i>The Cloud of Unknowing</i><sup>*</sup>

J.A. Burrow

in Essays on Medieval Literature

Published in print March 1984 | ISBN: 9780198111870
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198111870.003.0008
Fantasy and Language in The Cloud of Unknowing*

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This chapter discusses a certain passage in The Cloud of Unknowing, which asserts that the disordered imagination feeds the mind with ‘fantasies’ that can be physical or spiritual. This literary work can be described as a treatise on contemplation, which dates back all the way to the late 14th century.

Keywords: passage; The Cloud of Unknowing; disordered imagination; fantasies; physical; spiritual; literary work; treatise; late 14th century

Chapter.  6042 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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