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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
Strange Footing
Author(s):
Seeta Chaganti
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226548180.003.0001

This book argues that in bringing dance-based perceptual practices to their encounter with poetry, medieval audiences experience a poem’s form as strange footing, virtual forces that hover askew of worldly measures of time and space, existing between the real and the unreal. To make this case, Strange Footing reenacts prevalent traditions of performing and representing dance, such as carole and danse macabre.

Keywords:   dance, poetic form, virtuality, experience, reenactment, Chaucer, "To Rosemounde", Bill T. Jones, Ghostcatching, strange

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