Strange footing : poetic form and dance in the late Middle Ages / Seeta Chaganti.

Strange footing : poetic form and dance in the late Middle Ages / Seeta Chaganti.

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Chaganti, Seeta author

Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.


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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Part One -- 1."Vanysshed Was This Daunce": Reenactment, Experience, Virtuality -- 2.Bonaventure and a Strumpet: A Theory of Medieval Poetic Form -- Part Two -- 3."A Certain Slant of Light": Reenacting Danse macabre as Dance -- 4."Dredful Fotyng": Reenacting Danse macabre's Poetic Form -- Part Three -- 5.The Carole's Virtual Circles -- 6.Dance on the Surface, Dance in the Depths: Reenacting Form in the Middle English Carol -- Conclusion -- Dance in the Margins, Dance in the Center.

For premodern audiences, poetic form did not exist solely as meter, stanzas, or rhyme scheme. Rather, the form of a poem emerged as an experience, one generated when an audience immersed in a culture of dance encountered a poetic text. Exploring the complex relationship between medieval dance and medieval poetry, Strange Footing argues that the intersection of texts and dance produced an experience of poetic form based in disorientation, asymmetry, and even misstep. Medieval dance guided audiences to approach poetry not in terms of the body's regular marking of time and space, but rather in the irregular and surprising forces of virtual motion around, ahead of, and behind the dancing body. Reading medieval poems through artworks, paintings, and sculptures depicting dance, Seeta Chaganti illuminates texts that have long eluded our full understanding, inviting us to inhabit their strange footings askew of conventional space and time.

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Poetry, Medieval -- History and criticism.
Literature and dance.

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