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Strange Footing: Poetic Form and Dance in the Late Middle Ages

Seeta Chaganti


In Strange Footing, early dance reveals the medieval experience of poetic form. For premodern audiences, poetic form did not exist exclusively in a poem’s structural attributes. Rather, the form of a poem emerged as an experience, one generated when an audience habituated to watching and participating in dance encountered poetic text. In bringing dance-based perceptual practices to bear upon the apprehension of poetry, medieval audiences experienced a poem’s form as virtual, a strange footing askew of ordinary space and time. To understand how premodern dance-based experiences shaped premodern ... More

Keywords: poetic form, virtuality, dance, performance studies, experience, media, medieval manuscripts, interdisciplinary, reenactment, formalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226547992
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226548180.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seeta Chaganti, author
University of California, Davis