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