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Listening to Early Modern Catholicism

Perspectives from Musicology


Daniele Filippi and Michael J. Noone

How did Catholicism sound in the early modern period? What kinds of sonic cultures developed within the diverse and dynamic matrix of early modern Catholicism? And what do we learn about early modern Catholicism by attending to its sonic manifestations? Editors Daniele V. Filippi and Michael Noone have brought together a variety of studies — ranging from processional culture in Bavaria to Roman confraternities, and catechetical praxis in popular missions — that share an emphasis on the many and varied modalities and meanings of sonic experience in early modern Catholic life.

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Contributors are: Egberto Bermúdez, Jane A. Bernstein, Xavier Bisaro, Andrew Cichy, Daniele V. Filippi, Alexander J. Fisher, Marco Gozzi, Robert L. Kendrick, Tess Knighton, Ignazio Macchiarella, Margaret Murata, John W. O’Malley, S.J., Noel O’Regan, Anne Piéjus, and Colleen Reardon.


Dieuwke Van Der Poel, Louis P. Grijp and Wim van Anrooij

Singing together is a tried and true method of establishing and maintaining a group’s identity. Identity, Intertextuality, and Performance in Early Modern Song Culture for the first time explores comparatively the dynamic process of group formation through the production and appropriation of songs in various European countries and regions. Drawing on oral, handwritten and printed sources, with examples ranging from 1450 to 1850, the authors investigate intertextual patterns, borrowing of melodies, and performance practices as these manifested themselves in a broad spectrum of genres including ballads, popular songs, hymns and political songs. The volume intends to be a point of departure for further comparative studies in European song culture.

Contributors are: Ingrid Åkesson, Mary-Ann Constantine, Patricia Fumerton, Louis Peter Grijp, Éva Guillorel, Franz-Josef Holznagel, Tine de Koninck, Christopher Marsh, Hubert Meeus, Nelleke Moser, Dieuwke van der Poel, Sophie Reinders, David Robb, Clara Strijbosch, and Anne Marieke van der Wal.


Edited by Maya Corry, Marco Faini and Alessia Meneghin

Domestic Devotions in Early Modern Italy illuminates the vibrancy of spiritual beliefs and practices which profoundly shaped family life in this era. Scholarship on Catholicism has tended to focus on institutions, but the home was the site of religious instruction and reading, prayer and meditation, communal worship, multi-sensory devotions, contemplation of religious images and the performance of rituals, as well as extraordinary events such as miracles. Drawing on a wide range of sources, this volume affirms the central place of the household to spiritual life and reveals the myriad ways in which devotion met domestic needs. The seventeen essays encompass religious history, the histories of art and architecture, material culture, musicology, literary history, and social and cultural history.

Contributors are Erminia Ardissino, Michele Bacci, Michael J. Brody, Giorgio Caravale, Maya Corry, Remi Chiu, Sabrina Corbellini, Stefano Dall’Aglio, Marco Faini, Iain Fenlon, Irene Galandra Cooper, Jane Garnett, Joanna Kostylo, Alessia Meneghin, Margaret A. Morse, Elisa Novi Chavarria, Gervase Rosser, Zuzanna Sarnecka, Katherine Tycz, and Valeria Viola.


Jennifer Nevile

Dance in early modern Europe pervaded daily life across all levels of society. While everyone danced, what they performed, and how they moved, varied according to the social level to which they belonged. 1 The quantity of surviving material, however, is quite uneven, with the dance practices of


Margaret A. Morse

Thirty years ago, Peter Burke urged scholars of early modern Italy to envision portraits of the period not in museums, as we often encounter them today, ‘[…] but in their original setting, the houses or “palaces” of the upper classes […]’ and part of a larger culture of consumption oriented towards


Maya Corry

beliefs relating to childhood on the one hand, and images on the other, harmonised in culturally significant ways. As a result, artworks such as this could be uniquely efficacious weapons in the arsenals of those seeking to raise spiritually pure children in early modern Italy. 1 The First Age As many of


Katherine M. Tycz

Sacchetti’s story illuminate actual practices and objects in early modern Italy, thus allowing us to better understand women’s lives? It is important to acknowledge the roots of Sacchetti’s protagonist’s fear regarding her impending labour. Christiane Klapisch-Zuber and David Herlihy have demonstrated high


Sabrina Corbellini

described as ‘lacking in spiritual refinement’, 18 the wide dissemination of the treatises is testimony to the impact and success of his teachings in late medieval and early modern Italy, and to the relevance of his instruction for the reconstruction of the role of reading in the formation of a religious

Dramatic Experience

The Poetics of Drama and the Early Modern Public Sphere(s)


Katja Gvozdeva, Tatiana Korneeva and Kirill Ospovat

In Dramatic Experience: The Poetics of Drama and the Early Modern Public Sphere(s) Katja Gvozdeva, Tatiana Korneeva, and Kirill Ospovat (eds.) focus on a fundamental question that transcends the disciplinary boundaries of theatre studies: how and to what extent did the convergence of dramatic theory, theatrical practice, and various modes of audience experience — among both theatregoers and readers of drama — contribute, during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, to the emergence of symbolic, social, and cultural space(s) we call ‘public sphere(s)’? Developing a post-Habermasian understanding of the public sphere, the articles in this collection demonstrate that related, if diverging, conceptions of the ‘public’ existed in a variety of forms, locations, and cultures across early modern Europe — and in Asia.