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The Performance Self: Ritual, Clothing, and Identity During the Hundred Years War

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Medieval courtiers defined themselves in ceremonies and rituals. Tournaments, Maying, interludes, charivaris, and masking invited the English and French nobility to assert their identities in gesture and costume as well as in speech. These events presumed that performance makes a self, in contrast to the modern belief that identity precedes social performance and, indeed, ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by University of Pennsylvania Press
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Mar 30, 2009 Sbuchler rated it liked it
Genre: Fashion/History/Medieval Lit

This book wasn't what I thought it would be. There are a lot of interesting bits in it, but it all seemed rather disconnected. I don't know if I just don't know the field of Medieval Lit well enough to grasp what the author was arguing about, or if the problem was in the book itself. The author flits around discussing many different ways in which specialized fashion is used by medieval elites to define (and redefine) themselves. This is based on the premise tha
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A great reference book on medieval identity formation...
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