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Maxime Petitjean

The original models for such masks are not to be found in the realm of Latenian iconography: they rather seem to derive from the universe of the Roman pantomime, a type of dramatic spectacle where solo dancers performed, to the accompaniment of a chorus and various musical instruments, famous stories


Edited by Larissa Tracy and Kelly DeVries

The spectacle of the wounded body figured prominently in the Middle Ages, from images of Christ’s wounds on the cross, to the ripped and torn bodies of tortured saints who miraculously heal through divine intervention, to graphic accounts of battlefield and tournament wounds—evidence of which survives in the archaeological record—and literary episodes of fatal (or not so fatal) wounds. This volume offers a comprehensive look at the complexity of wounding and wound repair in medieval literature and culture, bringing together essays from a wide range of sources and disciplines including arms and armaments, military history, medical history, literature, art history, hagiography, and archaeology across medieval and early modern Europe.
Contributors are Stephen Atkinson, Debby Banham, Albrecht Classen, Joshua Easterling, Charlene M. Eska, Carmel Ferragud, M.R. Geldof, Elina Gertsman, Barbara A. Goodman, Máire Johnson, Rachel E. Kellett, Ilana Krug, Virginia Langum, Michael Livingston, Iain A. MacInnes, Timothy May, Vibeke Olson, Salvador Ryan, William Sayers, Patricia Skinner, Alicia Spencer-Hall, Wendy J. Turner, Christine Voth, and Robert C. Woosnam-Savage.

If God Is with Us

The Religious Culture of the U.S. Air Force

Tim Cathcart

. Even the language of aviation is a mystery—consider that some airlines offer the option for passengers to listen in on air traffic control frequencies while flying on commercial aircraft. The mysteries of high tech explain the popularity of airshows, the spectacle of flight, and the general awe of the

Jeffrey Womack

especially by ‘visual spectacularism.’” The focus on spectacle, described by Roberts, helps to explain the specific way in which science fiction took shape on the screen: as a literature of disaster. Webster’s dictionary defines “spectacular” as “unusual to a striking degree; characterized by a great

David Ritchie

Spectacle: From the Napoleonic Wars Through the Crimea . Cambridge : Harvard University Press . Neff Tom . ( 1993 ). Beatrice Wood: The Mama of Dada . Montreal, Quebec : Wild Wolf Productions . Pick Daniel . ( 1993 ). War Machine: The Rationalisation of

Sean O’Reilly

war, where both sides temporarily cease fighting en masse so as equally to enjoy war’s spectacle? Perhaps not—if one looks closely at the image, Dower’s analysis that both sides are sportingly watching the duel appears questionable. One Chinese soldier is being brutally killed in the foreground, and

“The Greatest Terror to the Enemy”

The Combat Debut of Berdan’s U.S. Sharpshooters during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign

Orr Timothy

Davis” target during a public shooting exhibition at Weehawken, on 6 August 1861 (Harper’s Weekly, 24 August 1861, reproduced with permission of the Library Company of Philadelphia). The shooting test became a public spectacle, swelling recruits with exhilaration and pride. During an Albany

Alicia C. Decker

of themes and approaches. Many historians, including myself, have been reluctant to focus too much attention on the actual battlefield because we do not want to make violence into a spectacle, one that can be documented and later consumed to satisfy our readers’ morbid curiosities. Instead, we tend

Shao-yun Yang

rebels using a long-unused route and took them by surprise. The rebels surrendered in panic, upon which Yang massacred them all and made a “mound spectacle” ( jingguan 京觀) by piling up their bodies, presumably to accentuate the extent of the slaughter and thus strike terror into the local people