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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (3): 387–395.
Published: 01 September 2021
... and its texts to examine “performance” conceived more broadly. With case studies that range from a pig-clubbing “game” in medieval festivals to the gnomic utterances of secretive eighteenth-century philosophical rituals, these essays ask how we study a medium that has, by its nature, disappeared. How...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2014) 44 (3): 585–615.
Published: 01 September 2014
... their medieval and later retellings their fluid ecologies connected piety and belief, chapel and fountain, and sacramental with ritual. In her study of late medieval and early modern sacred space in the Breton landscape, Elizabeth Tingle concludes that “water [was] used as an unofficial sacramental.”27...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2008) 38 (3): 559–587.
Published: 01 September 2008
... impure women and Jewish men, and believed to be a carrier of the disease. The perceived threat of leprous blood to Christian bodily integrity was played out in atropaic social rituals and in widespread defamations against lepers, women, and Jews as devourers or cannibals. This study claims...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (3): 487–495.
Published: 01 September 2021
... and an abbess that reveals deep connections to May games. Festivity constituted a mode of embodied knowledge, a somatic and kinesthetic process that conditioned playgoer responses. This essay demonstrates how examining nondramatic performance, including quotidian, ceremonial, and ritual practices, allows...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2002) 32 (1): 167–198.
Published: 01 January 2002
... between the viewer and the divine. The concept of limen and of liminality is of course fundamental in ritual studies. When Arnold van Gennep first articulated the notion early in the twentieth century, he applied it to what he termed rites of passage.48 Such rituals, which occur at times of change...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (2): 249–272.
Published: 01 May 2010
... of the spectrum could be represented by the viewpoints of Gerd Althoff (an advocate of the benefits of ritual studies) and Philippe Buc (a skeptic). See, for example, Gerd Althoff, “The Variability of Rituals in the Middle Ages,” inMedieval Concepts of the Past: Ritual, Memory, Historiography...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (3): 553–575.
Published: 01 September 2021
.... However, Jacob's analysis, like most historical studies of Freemasonry, engages very lightly with Masonic rituals themselves. 7 It has been the way of most historians who have studied Freemasonry to treat it as one of the many private, voluntary social formations that distinguishes the eighteenth...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (2): 335–367.
Published: 01 May 2013
... and Early Modern Studies / 43.2 / 2013 real, the Missale may be regarded as the prototypical magic book from which Faustus’s necromantic rituals derive. These rubrics, along with the efficacious words and gestures they occasioned, were essential for the Mass’s sacramental propriety...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2008) 38 (2): 253–283.
Published: 01 May 2008
... to the Lollard move- ment, Wisdom’s valuation of visual signs and ritual experience stands in stark 256  Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies / 38.2 / 2008 contrast to two of the most threatening Lollard views: their challenge to the centrality of the sacraments and condemnation of the use...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2003) 33 (2): 261–280.
Published: 01 May 2003
....) In this, Shakespeare may be distinguished from plays such as The Revenger’s Tragedy and The Span- 274 Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies / 33.2 / 2003 ish Tragedy, in which all ritual actions (and especially funerals) are shows, and in which theater will be the solution in which justice is performed...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2011) 41 (1): 93–115.
Published: 01 January 2011
... with Catholicism is further emphasized by another De Bry engraving (see fig. 4). Its caption, printed above the image, explains that it illustrates the ritual of penitence performed by the Indian priests for 100 Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies / 41.1 / 2011 Figure 4. Examples of Mexica...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2009) 39 (1): 7–30.
Published: 01 January 2009
... of suffering 20  Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies / 39.1 / 2009 motherhood typical of northern European ritual murder myths, as exempli- fied in Chaucer by the clergeon’s natal mother and the heavenly mother who protects him in the moment of his brutal passage into selfhood...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (3): 453–473.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Jill P. Ingram This article draws on performance theory to examine perambulation practices in late medieval and early modern England. Rogation was originally a devotional celebration that also entailed a ritual walking of parish boundaries to define communities as legal and administrative units...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2015) 45 (1): 7–52.
Published: 01 January 2015
...Nicholas Terpstra The theatrical capital punishments of the early modern period blurred distinctions between private and public and between object and subject in their treatment of the prisoner’s body. Where did these rituals originate? Italian confraternities devised distinctive forms of offering...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2018) 48 (2): 341–364.
Published: 01 May 2018
...David J. Davis This essay reconsiders the place of divine revelation in late medieval and early modern England. It explores the language of ravishment and divine “raptus” as a ritualized discourse to describe divine revelation present in mystical texts, by figures like Julian of Norwich and Walter...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2001) 31 (3): 507–560.
Published: 01 September 2001
... and Early Modern Studies / 31.3 / 2001 tion of authentic liturgical acts, or is not all ritual by definition an act of mimicry of older, unsanctioned behaviors? However familiar to contempo- rary criticism, these questions are not foreign to Chaucer, whose explo- rations of written culture as an echo...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (3): 577–585.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Carol Symes As an afterword to the special issue of JMEMS “Performance beyond Drama,” this essay reflects on the complex ways that premodern performances and their embodied actors are captured in, mediated by, or dependent on the texts that we use to study them, and on the special importance...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2014) 44 (3): 469–502.
Published: 01 September 2014
... they do not render visible: the human figures who enacted each ritual performance. In the Processional’s paintings the beholder is instead offered a vision of liturgy as an assembly of vasa sacra and ornamenta , invested with considerable authority, even agency, by the artist’s brush. This essay examines...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2002) 32 (1): 17–40.
Published: 01 January 2002
... glimpse that history being written. a 36 Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies / 32.1 / 2002 Notes 1 For recent studies of the phenomenon, see Martha Kaplan, Neither Cargo nor Cult: Ritual Politics and the Colonial Imagination in Fiji (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1995...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2003) 33 (2): 241–259.
Published: 01 May 2003
... that in this complex performance, assumed by the painting, narrative is displaced and temporality superseded by “a time- less ritual,” nor that such a move “away from narrative” would necessarily be 246 Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies / 33.2 / 2003 a move “toward theology” (79). There seems...