Open Access Thesis
Fortuna (Roman deity)--In literature; Literature, Medieval--History and criticism;
The goddess Fortuna, who ruled over chance and the giving of worldly gifts was a pagan deity who survived through the conversion of Christianity in Europe. Her survival and inclusion in Medieval literature caused conflicts with the Christian religion, especially in relation to beliefs in free will and God’s Providence. Now, twenty-first century scholars are still attempting to figure out how the role of free will can co-exist with Fortuna, especially in regard to the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, who render Fortuna as a dominant entity in the lives of their Christian characters. These authors, who were inspired by Boethius’s perception of Fortuna, transformed Fortuna’s role from that of a goddess of chance, to an entity who aids the Christian God in the movement of events based on human decisions.
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Department of Languages and Literatures
Wendy Marie Hoofnagle, Chair
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© 2015 Kimberly Ann Bridgewater
Bridgewater, Kimberly, "All fortune is good fortune: the role of Fortuna in a monotheistic literary world" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 175.