Aside from essays on Lawrence, Woolf, Hardy, Austen, Frost, and Golding,I Have been writing about the relationship between ritual and story. Two books of mine –The Rituals of Life and Ritual Passage and Narrative Structures–explore some of the relationships, especially liminality ( RP AND NS) Now retired, I still read (casually) in anthropology and try to keep up with such topics as liminality and rites of passage and the ways they inform novels and short stories, as wells as poetry occasionally.
Food and foodways have long been present in American (and other) fiction, of course, but inadequate critical attention has been paid to this oft-used narrative strategy. What I call “Significant Food” in fiction is food used as a significant plot or other substantial literary device, food where the important concomitant cultural signifiers related to nourishment […]
I am a PhD. candidate pursuing my doctorate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations (Chinese) in the School of International Letters and Cultures at ASU. My research interest lays in modes of practice of religious Daoism during the latter half of the first millennium of the Common Era (including issues of ritual practice, identity, community, and interactions with Buddhism). My research goal is to help untangle the complex connections between Daoist ritual practices in the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE) with their later expressions in the Northern and Southern Song dynasties (960-1279 CE). In particular, I am concerned with the rise of a new class of practitioner, the “ritual masters of summoning and interrogation” (kaozhao fashi 考召法師), itinerant ritual specialists who specialized in healing and exorcism through the mastery of a series of daemonifugic rites. I am also interested in the expression of religious elements in the poetry and prose of the period, in particular how such works reimagine and recreate earlier narratives to fit contemporary religious and secular concerns.
Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, Material Culture Series Editors: Cristina León Alfar, Hunter College, CUNY, and Helen Ostovich, McMaster University This series provides a forum for monographs and essay collections that investigate the material culture, broadly conceived, of theatre and performance in England from the late Tudor to the pre-Restoration Stuart periods (c. […]
Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture This series provides a forum for monographs and essay collections that investigate the material culture, broadly conceived, of theatre and performance in England from the late Tudor to the pre-Restoration Stuart periods (c. 1550–1650). The editors invite proposals for book-length studies engaging in the material […]
The Center for the Humanities at the University of California, Merced will be hosting an interdisciplinary conference on the theme The World Upside-Down, April 10-11, 2015. We are interested in sub-themes that explore the notion of “the world upside-down”—the multifarious historical and contemporary meanings of the concept, as it expresses itself in and through different social […]
Thanks for the thoughtful reply, David! I’m glad to find others in the broader literary studies community who are willing to help me think through this. Not many at my institution are as fond of talking Wittgensteinanly. Your reading of the notion of metaphysics that I was trying to convey is apt, I think, […]
Būqālah refers both to a ceramic pitcher as well as to poems ritually embedded in the traditional, favorite, divinatory pastime associated with women city dwellers of specific Algerian towns such as Blida,Cherchell, Tlemcen, Constantine, and Algiers. This essay considers the shift from orality to a written archive of French and Algerian collections of būqālah poems by focusing on analyses of Algerian Arabic oral literature as an expression of feminine cultural protest and resistance to the domination of language policies under French colonialism. What are the ways in which an intimate ritual—one linked to orality, the divinatory, women’s poesis, and the Algerian Arabic dialect—begins to carry political meanings during the War of Independence and in post-1962 independent Algeria? Contributing to the circulation and creation of new meanings, forms, and venues for būqālah poetry are Algerian radio and television broadcasts, Internet postings, and the publication of the 1962 French poem “Boqala” by Djamila Amrane.
I hold a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and I study theatrical and liturgical performance in early modern France. Research and teaching themes include theater and drama, age of Louis XIV, Catholic Counter-Reformation, devotional literature, life writing, court culture, material and visual culture, ritual and performance theory, archival research methods.
Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture Series Editors: Cristina León Alfar, Hunter College, CUNY, and Helen Ostovich, McMaster University This series provides a forum for monographs and essay collections that investigate the material culture, broadly conceived, of theatre and performance in England from the late Tudor to the pre-Restoration Stuart periods […]