Interpreting new Immaculist symbols: the sealed and flowing fountain: garden imagery in Hispanic liturgies and Valencian poetry

Twomey, Lesley (2008) Interpreting new Immaculist symbols: the sealed and flowing fountain: garden imagery in Hispanic liturgies and Valencian poetry. Catalan Review, 22. pp. 349-358. ISSN 0213-5949

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Abstract

This study traces the flowing and sealed fountain through Hispanic liturgy, demonstrating how it became one of the Conception signifiers between 1440 and 1477. Understanding of fountain design in the period, both in literary representations and in the study of medieval and Islamic gardens, illuminates the way in which poets employed fountain imagery to express ideas about sacrality, and about the Virgin’s Immaculate nature. The fountain is not a decorative feature in Moorish gardens but is key to the irrigation system, which permits all the flowering plants to survive. Poets who employed the fountain image for Mary understood that the whole history of salvation depended on her response. The fountain and its development in the late fifteenth century have resonances which have not before been realized.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R400 Spanish studies
W800 Imaginative Writing
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 24 May 2010 11:47
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3627

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