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Representations of the body in Middle English biblical drama

Author: Estella Antoaneta Ciobanu
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018] ©2018
Series: New Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
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Representations of the Body in Middle English Biblical Drama combines epistemological enquiry, gender theory and Foucauldian concepts to investigate the body as a useful site for studying power,  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Estella Antoaneta Ciobanu
ISBN: 3319909177 9783319909172
OCLC Number: 1030915034
Description: xviii, 337 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: CONTENTS Preface Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: The Demonic/-ised Subaltern's In-sight1.1 Why Argue about Arguments Anyway? 1.2 What Is Truth? From Truth/Power/Knowledge to the Theatricalisation of Truth 1.3 The Body of Argument, Violence of Representation, and Epistemic Positioning 1.4 Looking with the Devil 1.4.1 The Biblical Satan1.4.2 Harrowing Only Hell? The Devil of Middle English Theatre1.5 Chapter OutlineNotes References Part I Skeletons in the Closet of Religious Dramas 2. The Slaughter of the Innocent(s): The Meek, the Muted and the Discursive Spear of Power2.1 The Slaughter of the Innocents: The Gospel Account2.2 The Middle English Slaughter Drama: Staging the Threat to `Soveraintye'2.3 Ordering the Massacre: Terror and Displaced Abjection2.4 The Massacre of the Innocents: The Discursive Spear of Power and the Body of ArgumentNotes References 3. The Tyrant Is Dead. Long Live the Tyrant!3.1 Herod the Great's Demise: The Argument from Power 3.2 Herod the Great's Family Resemblances and Illustrious Pedigree 3.2.1 Embodied Performances of Sovereignty: The Tyrant's Self-Aggrandising Speech3.2.2 The Bodily Inscription of Sovereignty: Lucifer's Blasphemy (?)3.2.3 Deus: The Egg-or-Hen Riddle of Sovereignty 3.3 Tyrannous Performances of Power from Potestas to Social Minores 3.3.1 The Pleasure of Spectacular Dismemberment 3.3.2 Interchangeable Fate in the Body of Argument: The Executioner's Body in Pieces3.3.3 Exercises in Kyriarchal Power: God, Abraham and Isaac, and the Dissemination of DreadNotes References 4. The Body in Pieces: Judicial Torture and/as Musical Dismemberment in the Passion Plays4.1 The Body in Pieces in the York Passion: Christ and His Tormentors4.1.1 Losing One's Tongue4.1.2 The Victim's Body in Pieces 4.1.3 The Victimiser's Body in Pieces 4.2 Christ's Body and/as the Engine of Torture in the Towneley Passion 4.3 Beating the Truth out of the Other's Body: The Self-Legitimating Spectacle of Power in the N-Town Passion4.4 Pleasure and the Truth of Body Music in the Chester PassionNotes References 5. Commemorations of Christ's Passion Body: Ostentatio Vulnerum, Redemptive Theology and Violence of Representation in the Post-Crucifixion Plays5.1 Christ's Abject Body in Death in York 5.2 Teaching Piety, Teaching Guilt: The Musical Commemoration of the Abject Passion Body in the Towneley/York Resurrection Plays 5.3 Violence of Representation in the N-Town Resurrection Plays: Passion Body, Guilty Jew and the Ma(r)king of the Truth of Christianitas 5.4 Truth and/of Christ's Lost Body in the Chester Resurrection 5.5 Handle and Believe: The Truths of Christ's Risen Body in the Chester Emmaus and Ascension 5.6 Commemorating the Abject Passion Body: The Chester and York Last Judgement 5.7 The Body (Witness) Which Is Not One: Jesus's Passion Body, Mary's Assumption Body, and Truth Games in the York Assumption of the Virgin Notes References Part II Travestied Social Dramas 6. Noah's Wife in the Flood Plays: The Body of Argument between Argumentum ad Verecundiam, Argumentum ad Hominem and Argumentum ad Baculum 6.1 `Women's Wiles' and the Argumentum ad Baculum in the Towneley Noah and the Ark 6.2 Brave New World: Noah's Irrational Reason and Ventriloquism in the York Flood 6.3 Who Is the Master? The Chester Noah's Flood Notes References 7. Stipendia Enim Peccati, Mors7.1 Drowning Sin, Saving the `Prowdist of Pryde'? 7.2 Avenging the Sin of Pride: Herod the Great, Mors and the Danse Macabre in the N-Town Slaughter of the Innocents 7.3 Displaced Abjection: The En-gendering of Sin in the Chester Harrowing of Hell 7.4 Damnation `by the Book' in the Last Judgement Plays: The Making and Unmaking of the Body of Sin Notes References 8. Conclusion Notes References Index
Series Title: New Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Responsibility: Estella Ciobanu.


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