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Mystique et pédagogie dans "The Cloud of unknowing"

Abstract : The cloud of unknowing is an anonymous 14th-century english mystical and ascetical text belonging to the christian tradition of the letter of spiritual direction. In this text the spiritual director stimulates his "disciple" in his anagogical effort, while teaching him the goal to be reached (man's loving union to god) as well as the means to be used. Meanwhile, the director endeavours to withdraw and leave his disciple in the presence of christ the teacher, thus making it possible for the pedagogical relationship between two men to "work". This withdrawal of the director corresponds to the author's withdrawal from his text -- a text meant to "work" and to make the disciple work. This "law of withdrawal", which is characteristic of mystical writing, will prove to be ruled by love. On the other hand, the use of number of medieval rhetorical techniques (parallelisms, oppositions, accumulations, repetitions, alliterations, etc.) Will not prevent the author from remaining in a form of fundamental as well as "functional" indetermination which will affect his whole text
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René Tixier. Mystique et pédagogie dans "The Cloud of unknowing". Littératures. Université Nancy 2, 1988. Français. ⟨NNT : 1988NAN21013⟩. ⟨tel-02327925⟩



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