Mundus et infans, a short interlude published by Wynkyn de Worde in 1522, presents man’s whole life from birth to old age. It has the same narrative scope as that of The Castle of Perseverance, but only five characters, among whom Folly is the main tempter. Folly’s ‘children’ – the seven Deadly Sins – are not agents in the plot, nevertheless they are often mentioned. The essay analyses how the interlude makes these tempters alive in absentia simply through the speeches of the other protagonists. In this way naming them gives them stage life and Folly’s family is shown in its entirety.

When Naming Is Performing: Folly’s Children in absentia in Mundus et Infans

MULLINI, ROBERTA
2016-01-01

Abstract

Mundus et infans, a short interlude published by Wynkyn de Worde in 1522, presents man’s whole life from birth to old age. It has the same narrative scope as that of The Castle of Perseverance, but only five characters, among whom Folly is the main tempter. Folly’s ‘children’ – the seven Deadly Sins – are not agents in the plot, nevertheless they are often mentioned. The essay analyses how the interlude makes these tempters alive in absentia simply through the speeches of the other protagonists. In this way naming them gives them stage life and Folly’s family is shown in its entirety.
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