Language and the Decline of Magic: Epistemological Shifts in English Literature from Medieval to Modernist

Language and the Decline of Magic: Epistemological Shifts in English Literature from Medieval to Modernist

By: Richard W. Santana (author)Hardback

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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."

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About Author

Dr. Santana is Assistant Professor of Literature and Director of the Literary and Cultural Studies Area at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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.

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/05/2006
  • ISBN13: 9780773458628
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780773458628
  • ISBN10: 077345862X

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