Good versus Evil: Representations of the Monstrous in Thirteenth Century Anglo-French Apocalypse Manuscripts

  • Anahit Behrooz University of Edinburgh

Abstract


This paper examines one of the oldest ideological conflicts of all time: that between the divine powers of good and evil in the Book of Revelation, as represented in thirteenth century Anglo-French apocalypse manuscripts. Using a theoretical framework based on medieval conceptions of the monstrous and the monstrous body, this paper will explore contrasting representations of moral ideology in three different Apocalypse manuscripts (the Trinity Apocalypse, the Douce Apocalypse, and the Getty Apocalypse), arguing that the monstrous body is employed throughout these manuscripts in order to delineate between the forces of good and evil.

Author Biography

Anahit Behrooz, University of Edinburgh
Anahit Behrooz is a first year PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, by way of Oxford and St Andrews. Her research explores representations of storytelling and manuscript culture in J.R.R. Tolkien’s works. When not in Middle-earth, Anahit is interested in depictions of the monstrous and supernatural in literature and art, from marginalia to Marvel and everything in between.
Published
30-May-2016
How to Cite
Behrooz, Anahit. 2016. “Good Versus Evil: Representations of the Monstrous in Thirteenth Century Anglo-French Apocalypse Manuscripts”. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts, no. 22 (May). http://www.forumjournal.org/article/view/1472.