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: 9780268030759

Pub. Date: 01/15/2007

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press

"In this volume, Nicholas Howe has brought together original and important essays focusing on medieval and early modern processions in Western Europe. The contributors share numerous insights that will interest scholars in anthropology, history of religion, performance history, social history, medieval and Early Modern studies, and art history."

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"In this volume, Nicholas Howe has brought together original and important essays focusing on medieval and early modern processions in Western Europe. The contributors share numerous insights that will interest scholars in anthropology, history of religion, performance history, social history, medieval and Early Modern studies, and art history." —Diane Wolfthal, Arizona State University
 
“The perceptively analyzed case studies in this volume constitute a reader's guide on how to interpret ritual and other ephemeral forms of celebration, as well their concrete manifestation in the visual arts.” —Patricia Fortini Brown, Princeton University
 
“A ground-breaking collection of compelling and wonderfully cohesive essays, which sets the standard for future study of ceremonial culture. Nicholas Howe and his collaborators are to be congratulated for having revealed so many of the ways in which this operated as a force for both continuity and change in pre-modern Europe.” —Alastair Minnis, Yale University
 
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:
9780268030759
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
01/15/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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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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