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SOURCE:   Philology. Theory & Practice. Tambov: Gramota, 2018. 8. Part 2. P. 282-287.
SCIENTIFIC AREA: Philological Sciences
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Shipilova Nataliya Vital'evna
Saint Tikhons Orthodox University for the Humanities

Submitted: 24.05.2018.
Abstract. The article deals with the interpretation of the classical for the medieval literature image of the Garden of Eden in the context of religious theater. In connection with this, the liturgical drama of the XII century "Le Jeu dAdam" / "The Play of Adam" and four largest cycles of English mysteries: York, Chester, the cycle of "N-Town" and "Townley", have been analyzed. By the material of dramatic works and scenic instructions for plays, the problem of showing sacral space in the Middle Ages and its role in the plot are studied. It is concluded that the Garden of Eden in mysteries is endowed with certain features of a real-life place, which makes it possible to influence the viewer with the greatest force, but at the same time in the plot of the Fall it remains opposed to terrestrial space.
Key words and phrases: , , , , , , drama, medieval theater, religious theater, liturgical drama, mystery, cycles of mysteries.
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