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- DescriptionExorcism and demonic possession appear as recurrent motifs in early modern Spanish and English literatures. In Exorcism and Its Texts, Hilaire Kallendorf demonstrates how this 'infection' was represented in some thirty works of literature by fifteen different authors, ranging from canical classics like Shakespeare, Cervantes, Ben Jonson, and Lope de Vega, to obscure works by anymous writers. From comic and tragic drama to picaresque narrative and eight other genres, possession worked as a paradigm through which authors could convey extraordinary experience, including t only demonic possession but also madness or even murder. The devil was thought to be able to enter the bodily organs and infect memory, imagination, and reason. Some came to believe that possession was tied to enthusiasm, poetic frenzy, prophecy, and genius. Authors often drew upon sensational details of actual exorcisms. In some cases, such as in Shakespeare, curing the body (and the body politic) meant affirming cultural authority; in others, as with Zamora, it clearly meant subverting it. Drawing on the disciplines of literary theory and history, Exorcism and its Texts is the first comprehensive study of this compelling topic.
- Author BiographyHilaire Kallendorf is Professor of Hispanic and Religious Studies at Texas A&M University.
- Author(s)Hilaire Kallendorf
- PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
- Date of Publication27/12/2003
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleUniversity of Toronto Romance Series
- Place of PublicationToronto
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of Toronto Press
- Content Note6 illustrations
- Weight686 g
- Width158 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Format DetailsWith printed dust jacket
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