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Ceremony and Text in the Renaissance

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Ceremony and Text in the Renaissance is a contribution to the history of cultural semiotics in Early Modern Europe. Prof. Thomas M. Greene's theoretical exposition introduces a series of articles that consider the interaction between literary production and ceremonial performance in the larger cultural text of the Renaissance. The Renaissance engaged in a greater number of ceremonial performances than the preceding era, but the Reformation had irrevocably altered the language of ceremony, reducing its magical ...
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Overview

Ceremony and Text in the Renaissance is a contribution to the history of cultural semiotics in Early Modern Europe. Prof. Thomas M. Greene's theoretical exposition introduces a series of articles that consider the interaction between literary production and ceremonial performance in the larger cultural text of the Renaissance. The Renaissance engaged in a greater number of ceremonial performances than the preceding era, but the Reformation had irrevocably altered the language of ceremony, reducing its magical efficacity and diminishing its ability to inspire community. According to Professor Greene, the essays address one large but limited area of semiotic practice, the social role of ceremonial performance during the early modern period, examining the interplay between ceremonial and the narrative, dramatic, or poetic text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874135732
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1996
  • Pages: 240

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 11
1 The Partial Sign: Spenser and the Sixteenth-Century Crisis of Semiotics 23
2 "Because He was a Prince": St Leopold, Habsburg Ritual Strategies, and the Practice of Sincere Religion at Klosterneuburg 35
3 Teaching the Young Lady to Just Say No: Corrective Responses to Coercive Ritual in Milton's Comus 55
4 Northumberland, Somerset, and the Politics of Change 71
5 Ceremonial Dialogue between Elizabeth and Her Civic Hosts 84
6 Interruption: the Transformation of a Critical Feature of Ritual from Revel to Lyric in John Donne's Inns of Court Poetry of the 1950s 103
7 "And Attend that in Person which you cannot Execute by Deputy": Elizabeth I at Revels 123
8 Cassoni Dances and Marriage Ritual in Fifteenth-Century Italy 139
9 "Imagine No Worse of Them": Hippolyta on the Ritual Threshold in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights' Dream 155
10 Mismatched Words and Deeds: Rituals in The Witch of Edmonton 167
11 "Sed Pater et Filius Unum Fictione Iuris Sunt": Oberon and the Masque of Succession 183
12 "So short you read my Character": Ben Johnson and the Sphragis 197
Contributors 226
Index 229
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