Playing The Martyr: Theater And Theology In Early Modern France by Christopher SemkPlaying The Martyr: Theater And Theology In Early Modern France by Christopher Semk

Playing The Martyr: Theater And Theology In Early Modern France

byChristopher Semk

Hardcover | January 6, 2017

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Playing the Martyr is a book about the interplay between theater and religion in early modern France. Challenging the standard narrative of modernity as a process of increased secularization Christopher Semk demonstrates the centrality of religious thought and practices to the development of neoclassical poetics. Engaging with a broad corpus of religious plays, poetic treatises, devotional literature, and contemporary theory, Semk shows that religion was a vital interlocutor in early modern discussions concerning the definition of verisimilitude, the nature and purpose of spectacle, the mechanics of acting, and the position of the spectator. Well researched and persuasively argued, Playing the Martyr makes the case for a more complicated approach to the relationship between religion and literature, namely, one that does not treat religion as a theme deployed within literary works, but as an active player in literary invention. Indeed, it makes the case for a serious reconsideration of the role that religion plays in the development of modern, secular literary forms.
Christopher Semk is assistant professor of French at Yale University.
Title:Playing The Martyr: Theater And Theology In Early Modern FranceFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:198 pages, 9.37 × 6.28 × 0.77 inShipping dimensions:9.37 × 6.28 × 0.77 inPublished:January 6, 2017Publisher:Bucknell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1611488036

ISBN - 13:9781611488036


Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: A Christian Melpomene?Chapter 1: The Separation of Church and StageChapter 2: The Spectacle of Martyrdom and the Spectacle of the StageChapter 3: "Ex histrionis martyr factus:" Genesius, Acting, and MartyrdomChapter 4: Polyeucte, martyr and Corneille's Sacramental PoeticsEpilogue: Theater and Theology at the Threshold of ModernityBibliographyIndex