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Monika Otter

Merlin’s Open Mind

Madness, Prophecy, and Poetry in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Vita Merlini
This essay considers the observatory in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Vita Merlini, with its seventy doors and seventy windows, as a structuring emblem of the title character’s state of mind and, by extension, the poem’s poetics and epistemology.
Title
Merlin’s Open Mind
Subtitle
Madness, Prophecy, and Poetry in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Vita Merlini
Author(s)
Monika Otter
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This essay considers the observatory in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Vita Merlini, with its seventy doors and seventy windows, as a structuring emblem of the title character’s state of mind and, by extension, the poem’s poetics and epistemology.
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Place
Berlin
Publisher
ICI Berlin Press
Date
April 19, 2022
Subject
Merlin
prophecy
madness
mental illness
Tristan
shelter
observatory
allegory
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Except for images or otherwise noted, this publication is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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Language
en-GB
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Merlin’s Open Mind
page start
127
page end
143
Source
Openness in Medieval Europe, ed. by Manuele Gragnolati and Almut Suerbaum, Cultural Inquiry, 23 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2022), pp. 127–43