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Sounding sacred: Interpreting musical and poetic trances.

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).
Date: May 2006
Creator: Mickey, Samuel Robert
Partner: UNT Libraries

Madness in Elizabethan Drama

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.
Date: 1949
Creator: Wilks, Rowena Newman
Partner: UNT Libraries

Goya's Fantastic Vision of Madness [Presentation]

Description: Presentation for the 2011 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing research on Francisco de Goya and his artistically recorded evolving definitions of madness that preoccupied the eighteenth-century.
Date: April 14, 2011
Creator: Prater, Paige & Abel, Mickey S.
Item Type: Presentation
Partner: UNT Honors College

Goya's Fantastic Vision of Madness

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.
Date: April 14, 2011
Creator: Prater, Paige & Abel, Mickey S.
Item Type: Paper
Partner: UNT Honors College