Chaganti, Seeta: "Danse macabre and the virtual churchyard." In: postmedieval 3.1 (2012), S. 7–26.
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Keywords: Death, Early forms of comics, Middle Ages
The late-medieval danse macabre was a multimedia phenomenon. Particular site-specific installations of danse macabre combined within themselves different representational media, including murals, architecture, sculpture, poetic inscription and kinetic bodily participation. This essay argues that the interactions among these different media took place for the medieval viewer in what we might understand as a virtual space. Furthermore, by seeing the danse macabre installation in this way, we can arrive at a new understanding of the form of the danse macabre poetic text, which similarly articulates itself as a virtual space accommodating the interaction of different forces. The essay makes this case by looking at a variety of extant visual traditions pertaining to danse macabre as well as at John Lydgate’s ca. 1426 Dance of Death poem.
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