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Personification : embodying meaning and emotion

Author: Walter S Melion; B A M Ramakers
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]
Series: Intersections : interdisciplinary studies in early modern culture, VOLUME 41
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Personification, or prosopopeia, the rhetorical figure by which something not human is given a human identity or 'face', is readily discernible in early modern texts and images, but the figure's cognitive form and function, its rhetorical and pictorial effects, have rarely elicited sustained scholarly attention. The aim of this volume is to formulate an alternative account of personification, to demonstrate the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Personification.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2016
(DLC) 2016006552
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter S Melion; B A M Ramakers
ISBN: 9789004310421 9004310428
OCLC Number: 934238965
Description: xxxii, 755 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Cognitive perspectives on personification --
Personification and the critical tradition --
Personification and the modalities of figuration --
Personification on stage : forces of living presence --
Jesuit approaches to personification --
Personifying charity --
Personifying life and afterlife, trial and retribution.
Series Title: Intersections : interdisciplinary studies in early modern culture, VOLUME 41
Responsibility: edited by Walter S. Melion and Bart Ramakers.

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"Personification, or prosopopeia, the rhetorical figure by which something not human is given a human identity or 'face', is readily discernible in early modern texts and images, but the figure's cognitive form and function, its rhetorical and pictorial effects, have rarely elicited sustained scholarly attention. The aim of this volume is to formulate an alternative account of personification, to demonstrate the ingenuity with which this multifaceted device was utilized by late medieval and early modern authors and artists in Italy, France, England, Scotland, and the Low Countries. Personification is susceptible to an approach that balances semiotic analysis, focusing on meaning effects, and phenomenological analysis, focusing on presence effects produced through bodily performance. This dual approach foregrounds the full scope of prosopopoeic discourse--not just the what, but also the how, not only the signified, but also the signifier."--Publisher's description.

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