Sounding sacred: Interpreting musical and poetic trances.

Sounding sacred: Interpreting musical and poetic trances.

Date: May 2006
Creator: Mickey, Samuel Robert
Description: This essay investigates the relationship between trance and various musical and poetic expressions that accompany trance when it is interpreted as sacred. In other words, the aim of this investigation is to interpret how experiences of the entrancing power of the sacred come to expression with the sounds of music and poetry. I articulate such an interpretation through the following four sections: I) a discussion of the basic phenomenological and hermeneutic problems of interpreting what other people experience as sacred phenomena, II) an account of the hermeneutic context within which modern Western discourse interprets trance as madness that perverts the rational limits of the self, III) an interpretation of the expressions of trance that appear in the poetry of William Blake, and IV) an interpretation of expressions of trance that appear in the music of Afro-Atlantic religions (including Vodu in West Africa, Santería in Cuba, and Candomblé in Brazil).
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Goya's Fantastic Vision of Madness

Goya's Fantastic Vision of Madness

Date: April 14, 2011
Creator: Prater, Paige & Abel, Mickey S.
Description: This presentation discusses research on Francisco de Goya and his artistically recorded evolving definitions of madness that preoccupied the eighteenth-century.
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Madness in Elizabethan Drama

Madness in Elizabethan Drama

Date: 1949
Creator: Wilks, Rowena Newman
Description: Insanity, which has long been a favorite theme of Elizabethan drama, summoned the dramatist's imagination to wonderful creations -- creations that were fantastic and grotesque, but unforgettable.
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Goya's Fantastic Vision of Madness

Goya's Fantastic Vision of Madness

Date: April 14, 2011
Creator: Prater, Paige & Abel, Mickey S.
Description: This paper discusses Francisco de Goya. Employing Foucault's discourse to specific works reveals Goya's ability to represent visually the fundamental tension between Romantic and Classical ideas, especially the ambiguous line between reason and madness.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College