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Bonaventure and a Strumpet: A Theory of Medieval Poetic Form

Bonaventure and a Strumpet: A Theory of Medieval Poetic Form

Chapter:
(p.64) Chapter Two Bonaventure and a Strumpet: A Theory of Medieval Poetic Form
Source:
Strange Footing
Author(s):
Seeta Chaganti
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226548180.003.0003

Building upon Chapter 1’s reenactment method, this chapter proposes a theory of poetic form, reenacting it as an experience. Using St. Bonaventure’s Breviloquium, a primer in the formalist reading of Scripture, this chapter argues that encounters with textual form involve the apprehension of virtual force both within and across media. Having established this foundation, the chapter goes on to locate the experience of medieval poetic form in the virtualities hovering at the intersection of dance and verse.

Keywords:   ductus, St. Bonaventure, Breviloquium, virtual, carol, New Criticism, analogy, multimedia, intermedial, dance, "Ladd Y the daunce"

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