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Killing Himself by Accident: Of Broken Frames, Mimetic Blindness, and a Dance of Death

Killing Himself by Accident: Of Broken Frames, Mimetic Blindness, and a Dance of Death

Chapter:
(p.89) 4 Killing Himself by Accident: Of Broken Frames, Mimetic Blindness, and a Dance of Death
Source:
Murder by Accident
Author(s):
Jody Enders
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226207858.003.0005

This chapter discusses the case of Henry D'Anoux who fell on his knife while dancing and accidentally killed himself during a wedding reception in October 1504. It explains that D'Anoux has been known to perform acrobatics, somersaults, tumbling and mime with a knife dangling in his buttocks. The analysis of this case provides a new understanding of theatrical performativity which in turn facilitates a critical reassessment of the concept of intentional fallacy.

Keywords:   Henry D'Anoux, accidental death, dancing, theatrical permittivity, intentional fallacy, acrobatics

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