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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (3): 573–597.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Natasha Korda Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday (1599) is filled with shoes. Every aspect of shoes’ social lives is enacted onstage: they are manufactured before our eyes, bought and sold, given as gifts, displayed as signs of status, and flaunted as objects of fashion. This essay considers...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2014) 44 (3): 549–583.
Published: 01 September 2014
... objects acquire the aura of the sacred. While the Barnwell monument engages with a high church view of the sacraments as signs of remembrance, the manuscript box reveals Montagu turning from the sacramental to the superstitious. This object displays how religious faith and personal belief bleed into each...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (2): 213–231.
Published: 01 May 2016
...John Leeds Recent scholarship has asserted that Renaissance humanists adopted an effectively poststructuralist view of language as a sign system independent of extramental reality. But language involves more than signs, and this scholarly position squares poorly with the theory of verbal mood...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2018) 48 (3): 461–489.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Andrew Escobedo Both premodern Christians and modern scholars have described the difference between Catholic and Protestant penance in terms of cause and sign : roughly, Catholics thought that repentance was both a cause and sign of grace, whereas Protestants thought it was only a sign. Yet when we...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (2): 193–214.
Published: 01 May 2021
... the illusory nature of signs, as opposed to reparative reading practices or the “hermeneutics of trust,” which calls for restoring their meaning. In a climate when discretio spirituum came to prominence, Julian responded to the suspicious techniques developed to interpret women's visions and bodies...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2014) 44 (1): 135–161.
Published: 01 January 2014
... ideal to a mental faculty. In the Spiritual Exercises , attention is an experience that is not independent of the spiritual ideal of attending to God but rather a sign and trace of the latter. Boyle sought to relax the strict regime of earlier meditations by offering a new recipe: his reformed program...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2019) 49 (2): 403–426.
Published: 01 May 2019
... to the World (1655), Sondes describes the murder of his eldest son by his younger son; he accuses the murderous son of envy. This essay argues that the early modern construction of envy as a sign of a degenerate disposition and an enemy of good functioned to sidestep material inequities; the younger son’s envy...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (3): 503–531.
Published: 01 September 2022
...Jason Crawford Early modern English literary culture was thick with tales of divine judgment. Texts ranging from true-crime pamphlets to Thomas Beard's vast collection The Theatre of God's Judgements (1597) promised to disclose God's work in history, and they found signs of that work in stories...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2015) 45 (1): 103–130.
Published: 01 January 2015
... wrong, this provides evidence of intrinsic qualities: whence arise signs of conscience, and from external signs the feelings of the soul are known.29 Yet the timing of such changes in complexion or expression was important. When they occurred after the crime, when the suspect...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2003) 33 (3): 403–417.
Published: 01 September 2003
...”— that is marked as if by a “small needle.” The “thin, almost imperceptible sign” on her breast, “below the neck,” modestly veiled by the woman herself during her life, is nakedly exposed to her brother after her death. The miracle that the brother, Gregory, is instructed to read in this revealed sign...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2007) 37 (3): 531–547.
Published: 01 September 2007
... and renovation of traditionalist texts for new reformist contexts. Similarly, the Chester plays’ preoccupation with miraculous portents and wonders engages a reanimated early modern interest in providential signs. Both attributes bear witness to the cycle’s complex negotiation of religious difference...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (1): 119–145.
Published: 01 January 2022
... dissolution by a vision of political economy based on endless cycles of winning and wasting. Wynnere and Wastoure Middle English alliterative poetry apocalyptic prophesy list form economics Wynnere and Wastoure , a mid-fourteenth-century debate poem, begins under the threat of the end: signs...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (2): 335–367.
Published: 01 May 2013
... disagreement over the relation of substance and sign. In this respect, the Eucharist forged a working theory of semiot- ics at the same time that it shaped a program of sacramental devotion.10 The body of Christ thrust into fraught relation a number of sacramental and semiotic positions that were...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2002) 32 (1): 17–40.
Published: 01 January 2002
... traditional tribal culture. Particularly within the context of South Africa’s struggles in the 1970s and 1980s to appropriate Western business models, the film’s rejection of the tangible signs of that culture has to be seen at one level as a principled stand against Journal of Medieval...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2015) 45 (2): 287–321.
Published: 01 May 2015
..., the idea of the picture-­puzzle, a form much older than the specialized vocabulary used to describe it, is often explained by medieval and early modern writers through the idea of “signes” or “signification.”17 If the term rebus suggests a connection between ideas and things, the term signe...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2003) 33 (2): 281–309.
Published: 01 May 2003
.... There has recently been a rediscovery of some of the early work on the play, which is excellent. Earlier drama historians were interested more in class than in race: they focused on the quack doctor and his boy, and the first textual signs of the folk drama in English.16 One might have expected...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (2): 241–262.
Published: 01 May 2021
... spectrumbetween animate and inanimate. In other words, icons need not be wholly animated (usually taken as a sign of divine presence) or wholly inert (sign of absence), but could display degrees of presence even in their apparently inert or unchanged states. As is evident from the above comments, I am...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2008) 38 (2): 253–283.
Published: 01 May 2008
... and institutions and the interior motion of the soul. By appropriating the contemplative discourse of the soul’s self- knowledge, Wisdom suggests that the sensible, material signs of orthodox liturgical practice are the very matter through which humans gain knowl- edge of, as Anima puts...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017) 47 (3): 599–607.
Published: 01 September 2017
... in the history of readership have shifted attention away from production and toward the reception of bibles. Readers’ marks and other signs of use possess a tanta- lizing potential to reveal hitherto invisible or overlooked acts of readerly engagement with the scriptures.1 Yet, just as often...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2020) 50 (2): 269–291.
Published: 01 May 2020
.... The idol is so heavy that it can act as a kind of semiotic anchor, drawing meaning down into the dark. As Nicolette Zeeman writes, The idol refuses to be read as part of a larger sign system, drawing attention only to itself and its own malleable materiality. 11 It is this capacity of the idol to scramble...