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The Literary Controversies Of Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling, Victoria Duehring 2021 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

The Literary Controversies Of Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling, Victoria Duehring

The Forum: Journal of History

This literary review will focus on Michelangelo’s most significant work of color: the Sistine ceiling. Michelangelo’s work has spawned a plethora of literature, but this paper will focus on three main controversial topics: assistants (or lack thereof), the ignudi’s purpose, and restoration. I will also apply a psycho-historical approach to these controversies and identify potential avenues for future research.


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“The Badge Of All Our Tribe”: Contradictions Of Jewish Representation On The English Renaissance Stage, Becky S. Friedman 2021 University of Massachusetts Amherst

“The Badge Of All Our Tribe”: Contradictions Of Jewish Representation On The English Renaissance Stage, Becky S. Friedman

Doctoral Dissertations

Literary and historical records fueled fantasies of intense difference between the Jews and Christians of early modern England. Representations of Jewishness in the Renaissance theater drew on many of these enduring pejorative fictions, which associated Jews with financial manipulation, corporeal abnormalities, and an innate predilection for iniquity. At the same time, depictions of stunningly beautiful Jewish women and sympathetic, relatable Jewish commoners also emerged on the stage, complicating centuries-old attitudes of antipathy with suggestions of fascination, compassion, and similitude. “The Badge of All Our Tribe”: Contradictions of Jewish Representation on the English Renaissance Stage sheds light on this broader spectrum ...


Theater Of Exchange: The Cosmopolitan Stage Of Jacobean London, Liz Fox 2021 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Theater Of Exchange: The Cosmopolitan Stage Of Jacobean London, Liz Fox

Doctoral Dissertations

This dissertation, Theater of Exchange: The Cosmopolitan Stage of Jacobean London, examines how early modern theater reflected and participated in the developing global economy and corresponding emergence of London as a capital of world mercantilism. I argue that moments of economic and cultural exchange appearing in work from Jacobean playwrights, including William Shakespeare, Francis Beaumont, Ben Jonson, Thomas Heywood, and John Marston, mediated native and foreign influences and promoted cosmopolitan attitudes among playgoers. Reading plays through a lens of hybridity, this dissertation positions the early modern playhouse as a site of international integration and exchange that, like the emerging marketplace ...


"On Neptunes Watry Realmes": Maritime Law And English Renaissance Literature, Hayley Cotter 2021 University of Massachusetts Amherst

"On Neptunes Watry Realmes": Maritime Law And English Renaissance Literature, Hayley Cotter

Doctoral Dissertations

This dissertation stages an unprecedented dialogue between the maritime, the literary, and the legal within the context of the English Renaissance. It positions the ocean as an essentially legal space and argues that law mediates all human-ocean interactions. Additionally, it contends that an understanding of legal conceptions of the sea is essential to developing a cultural awareness of maritime space. Therefore, my project resituates early modern literary engagements with the ocean within a complex body of legal and political discourses and argues that in an island nation such as England, knowledge of the sea was widespread. Consequently, the ubiquitous maritime ...


Rosae Sub Signo, Anotaciones A Un Símil Clásico, Jesús Ponce Cárdenas 2021 Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Rosae Sub Signo, Anotaciones A Un Símil Clásico, Jesús Ponce Cárdenas

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In the Western tradition, the flower is often imbued of symbolic meaning and associated with beauty, love, and sensuality. This note studies a string of literary relations that can be established around a floral image in the poetry of four Renaissance authors (Pontano, D’Ardenne, Salmon Macrin, Ariosto). Special attention is paid to epithalamia and epic poetry, and to the three main models of the Greco-Roman world (Sappho, Catullus, Claudian).


The Source And Application Of Thomas Müntzer's Theology Of Divination In His Marginal Notes On Tertullian, Roger Drinnon 2021 Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

The Source And Application Of Thomas Müntzer's Theology Of Divination In His Marginal Notes On Tertullian, Roger Drinnon

Master of Sacred Theology Thesis

Drinnon, Roger A. “The Source and Application of Thomas Müntzer’s Theology of Divinization in His Marginal Notes on Tertullian.” Thesis, Concordia Seminary, 2021. 101 pp.

Traditional Lutheran and Marxist interpretations of Thomas Müntzer inadequately account for Müntzer’s theology and practice. The doctrine of the order of creation tied Müntzer’s theology and practice together. According to the order of creation, the goal of the material world was to return to God at the end of time. Müntzer’s writings on the order of creation stated the doctrine was the central tenet of Christianity. By returning to God, Müntzer ...


Signal To Noise: Harmonic Temperaments And Patterns Of Interference, Dylan A. Marcheschi 2021 CUNY Hunter College

Signal To Noise: Harmonic Temperaments And Patterns Of Interference, Dylan A. Marcheschi

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

An audio/visual exploration of historical tuning systems. Most contemporary Western audiences will seldom if ever encounter harmony outside of post-Renaissance tuning conventions. This presentation highlights some of those pre-orthodox harmonic relationships which existed throughout most of history. The corresponding paper documents correlates in recent advances of acoustic ecology.


Power Dressing: Feather Fans And The Visual Language Of Female Portraiture, Charlotte Svetkey 2021 CUNY Hunter College

Power Dressing: Feather Fans And The Visual Language Of Female Portraiture, Charlotte Svetkey

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

Feather fans in sixteenth-century portraiture not only allowed the female sitter to express her own claims to wealth, status, and power but also acted as a visual indicator of changes that were occurring on the global stage. Both fans and sitters will be evaluated through ideas of gender and class.


The Medici Example: How Power Creates Art And Art Creates Power, Margaret Hayden 2021 East Tennessee State University

The Medici Example: How Power Creates Art And Art Creates Power, Margaret Hayden

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This project looks at two members of Florence’s Medici family, Cosimo il Vecchio (1389-1464) and Duke Cosimo I (1519-1574), in an attempt to assess how they used the patronage of art to facilitate their rule. By looking at their individual political representations through art, the specifics of their propagandist works and what form these pieces of art came, it is possible to analyze their respective rules. This analysis allows for a clearer understanding of how these two men, each in very different positions, found art as an ally for their political endeavors. While they were in power only one ...


A Voice From The Convent: Arcangela Tarabotti In Tridentine Venice, Zoe Connell 2021 William & Mary

A Voice From The Convent: Arcangela Tarabotti In Tridentine Venice, Zoe Connell

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In 1617, at the tender age of 13, Arcangela Tarabotti was forced by her family to leave their home and enter the Venetian convent of Sant’Anna. As an advocate not only of gender equality, but female superiority, Tarabotti fought on behalf of women who suffered under Venice’s patriarchal institutions that robbed them of their liberty. This study aims to examine the intersection between the time and space in which Tarabotti lived and her experiences as expressed through her writings. In this thesis, I will examine the manner in which the contents of her writings — emotions, tone, self-image, and ...


In The Orbit Of The Sphere: Sacrobosco’S De Sphaera Mundi In Upenn Ms Codex 1881, Aylin Malcolm 2021 University of Pennsylvania

In The Orbit Of The Sphere: Sacrobosco’S De Sphaera Mundi In Upenn Ms Codex 1881, Aylin Malcolm

Manuscript Studies

Johannes de Sacrobosco’s De sphaera mundi was the most popular astronomical text in Europe from the late thirteenth century to the late seventeenth, and a core component of the university curriculum. This essay is the first published study of a remarkable copy of De sphaera in a manuscript recently acquired by the University of Pennsylvania (MS Codex 1881), which includes an unedited commentary on De sphaera and a variety of diagrams. I begin by addressing the textual relationships between this codex and other fifteenth-century copies of the main text and commentary, including both manuscripts and incunables. I then evaluate ...


Scribes And Soldiers: A Brief Introduction To Seventeenth-Century Military Manuscripts, Lucian Staiano-Daniels 2021 Tel Aviv University

Scribes And Soldiers: A Brief Introduction To Seventeenth-Century Military Manuscripts, Lucian Staiano-Daniels

Manuscript Studies

The history of early-modern European manuscripts has rarely focused on the use of manuscripts in armies. Some historians have even presented early-modern armies as unconcerned with daily records of the common soldiers under their command. Others have used early-modern handwritten documents as sources of information, without examining them as artifacts. But these documents are interesting works of vernacular art, created under difficult circumstances. They also provide clues to things like the literacy rate of some common soldiers. This article introduces early-modern military manuscripts. The focus is on the army of Electoral Saxony during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648).


Stranger Compass Of The Stage: Difference And Desire In Early Modern City Comedy, Catherine Tisdale 2021 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Stranger Compass Of The Stage: Difference And Desire In Early Modern City Comedy, Catherine Tisdale

Doctoral Dissertations

In periods of social and political upheaval like ours, it is more important than ever to interrogate constructions of identity and difference and to understand the histories of alterity that separate us from one another. Stranger Compass of the Stage: Difference and Desire in Early Modern City Drama reimagines the cultural and social effect of alien, foreign, and stranger characters on the early modern stage and re-envisions how these characters contribute to, alter, and imaginatively build new epistemologies for understanding difference in early modern London. Resisting the field’s current critical inclination toward English identity formation, this project works intersectionally ...


Alt Wars Of The Roses: A Guide To The Women In Shakespeare's First Tetralogy (Especially Richard Iii) For Fans Of Philippa Gregory's White Queen Series, Joanne E. Gates 2021 Jacksonville State University

Alt Wars Of The Roses: A Guide To The Women In Shakespeare's First Tetralogy (Especially Richard Iii) For Fans Of Philippa Gregory's White Queen Series, Joanne E. Gates

Presentations, Proceedings & Performances

Since The Other Boleyn Girl made such a splash, especially with its 2008 film adaptation starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, novelist Philippa Gregory has turned out book after book of first person female narratives, historical fiction of the era of the early Tudors and the Cousins’ War. (Gregory has an aversion to calling it "Wars of the Roses" but seems to be the sole voice against that classification.) With the film series of The White Queen released in 2013, we have what some consider a fuller pop culture alternative perspective on the women who intersect with the plays that ...


Man, Myth, Legend: The Many Faces Of Thomas More, Salma Rios 2021 University of Iowa

Man, Myth, Legend: The Many Faces Of Thomas More, Salma Rios

Honors Theses at the University of Iowa

In the centuries after his death, the perceptions of Sir Thomas More have changed over 500 years. In works spanning from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century, the perception of More have shifted from ones of overwhelming praise to increasingly critical of his actions. This thesis seeks to explore how the perceptions of More have changed over time, especially within the 1980s due to new scholarship and new ways of interpreting More’s character. Events within the twentieth century, which include the canonization of Thomas More as a saint in 1935, the creation of the peer-reviewed journal Moreana in ...


Death, Discipline, And The Dead: Biopolitical Rhetoric In Early Modern English Texts, Leslie Raybuck Malland 2021 University of Kentucky

Death, Discipline, And The Dead: Biopolitical Rhetoric In Early Modern English Texts, Leslie Raybuck Malland

Theses and Dissertations--English

Death, Discipline, and the Dead: Biopolitical Rhetoric in Early Modern English Texts locates allusions to the biopolitical culture of Early Modern England within popular English texts. Through my examination of the period’s fascination with death—public executions, newly-authorized anatomies—and the ways in which death, as well as the treatment of the dead, was authorized by and supported the ideological aims of the state, my research identifies how those themes carry over into the most popular works of the day, reviewing instances of both verbal and nonverbal rhetoric across genres to find allusions to biopower — or, state control of ...


What Happens (And Doesn't) In Hamlet (And Who Cares?), Joanne E. Gates 2021 Jacksonville State University

What Happens (And Doesn't) In Hamlet (And Who Cares?), Joanne E. Gates

Presentations, Proceedings & Performances

This lecture, sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, uses the classic text by John Dover Wilson, What Happens in Hamlet, to initiate some important considerations on appreciating and teaching Hamlet. Attached as addenda 3 is a Handout which includes the list of soliloquies, keyed to act, scene, lines, as recorded in both the Riverside 2nd edition and Norton 3rd edition texts.

Wilson often gravitates to conundrums of the text. Is Hamlet fearing his own mental instability when he warns Marcellus and Horatio that he may put an "antic disposition" on? Why does Shakespeare give us two versions of an ...


Re-Drowning Ophelia: The Representation Of Female Disintegration In Recent Films Of Hamlet, Joanne E. Gates 2021 Jacksonville State University

Re-Drowning Ophelia: The Representation Of Female Disintegration In Recent Films Of Hamlet, Joanne E. Gates

Presentations, Proceedings & Performances

Presented at the Fall 2001 Popular / American Culture Association of the South, Atlantic Beach, Florida, this paper examines several depictions of Ophelia in films of Hamlet starring Kenneth Branagh, Ethan Hawke, Mel Gibson, Kevin Kline, Derek Jacobi, Richard Burton, Campbell Scott. The title hints at Mary Pipher's Re-Claiming Ophelia, in light of then widely circulating Julia Stiles interpretation, where we repeatedly see her contemplating her suicide by drowning. My study elevates the Ophelia of LisaGay Hamilton in the Campbell Scott Hamlet, released the same year. The presentation featured video clips from this Campbell Scott production, originally airing on Odyssey ...


Marginalia E Versi Inediti Su Un Incunabolo Dei Furs De València (1482), Andrea Lai, Lluís Cabré 2020 Università degli Studi di Sassari

Marginalia E Versi Inediti Su Un Incunabolo Dei Furs De València (1482), Andrea Lai, Lluís Cabré

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This article offers an overall description of a 1482 incunabulum of the Furs de València held at the Biblioteca Universitaria di Cagliari (Inc. 71). The book is full of juridical marginalia. Particular attention is paid to its provenance. Jurist Baptista Factor is identified afresh as one of its owners (c. 1547-1576) before the volume travelled to Sardinia. Both marginalia (in Latin and Catalan) and four hitherto unknown poems (three in Catalan and one in Spanish) that were copied on blank leaves are briefly discussed. A tentative edition of the poems is provided in appendix.


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