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Language and the decline of magic : epistemological shifts in English literature from medieval to modernist

Author: Richard W Santana
Publisher: Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book explores the persistent power of word-magic and sacramental thought in English literature. The multi-disciplinary approach combines philosophical inquiry with the history of ideas and close critical analysis of three major, representative literary texts: play texts from the Corpus Christi Cycle, Shakespeare's Hamlet, and James Joyce's Ulysses."--Publisher's website.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Shakespeare; James Joyce; William Shakespeare; James Joyce
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard W Santana
ISBN: 077345862X 9780773458628
OCLC Number: 62878746
Description: xv, 242 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; I. Language and the Decline of Magic; II. Corpus Christi Cycles: God Signified; III. John Skelton's "Ware the Hawk" and Performative Utterance; IV. Shakespeare: The Body of the Time; V. Hamlet: When Are Unprepared and Look Not for It; VI. Consecrating the Word: Performative Use of Mass Elements in Ulysses; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: by Richard W. Santana.
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