Ceremonial Culture in the Pre-Modern World

Ceremonial Culture in the Pre-Modern World

by Nicholas Howe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0268030758

ISBN-13: 2900268030758

Pub. Date: 01/15/2007

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press

The essayists in this volume identify and recover the excitement and dynamism that characterized ceremonial culture in pre-modern Europe. Each turns to key issues: the relation between public and private space, the development of fully-realized dramas and rituals from earlier forms, and the semiotic code that ceremonies manifested to their audiences.Their subjects

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The essayists in this volume identify and recover the excitement and dynamism that characterized ceremonial culture in pre-modern Europe. Each turns to key issues: the relation between public and private space, the development of fully-realized dramas and rituals from earlier forms, and the semiotic code that ceremonies manifested to their audiences.Their subjects include the Adventus procession at Chartres; Epiphany and Palm Sunday rituals in medieval Moscow; the staged entry of the future Emperor Charles V into Bruges in 1515; and ceremonies in Italian Renaissance cities interpreted through the lens of Renaissance optical theory. What emerges from each essay is a deeper understanding that any ceremony is, finally, an attempt to close the divide between abstract and literal, ideal and actual.

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ISBN-13:
2900268030758
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
01/15/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
240

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction   Nicholas Howe     1
Adventus at Chartres: Ritual Models for Major Processions   Margot Fassler     13
Seeing Is Believing: The Semiotics of Dynasty and Destiny in Muscovite Rus'   Michael S. Flier     63
The King's Advent Transformed: The Consecration of the City in the Sixteenth-Century Civic Triumph   Gordon Kipling     89
The Eye of the Procession: Ritual Ways of Seeing in the Renaissance   Edward Muir     129
Index     155

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