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Molière: Reasoning With Fools

Michael Hawcroft

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199228836
eISBN:
9780191711251
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228836.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Molière wrote, directed, and starred in comedies for public and court audiences in 17th-century France. He is perennially successful, but perennially subject to critical controversy: do his plays aim ... More


Madness in Medieval French Literature: Identities Found and Lost

Sylvia Huot

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199252121
eISBN:
9780191719110
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252121.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This book examines the literary representation of madness in a series of medieval French texts, including both romance and hagiography. The study covers both ‘genuine’ madmen and ‘holy fools’, for ... More


 Repeating Yourself

Ken Binmore

in Playing for Real: Game Theory

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195300574
eISBN:
9780199783748
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300574.003.0011
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter studies games played by the same players over and over again. The strategies in repeated games are modeled as finite automata, and a version of the folk theorem is proved. This says that ... More


Majnūn: The Madman in Medieval Islamic Society

Michael W. Dols

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198202219
eISBN:
9780191675218
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202219.001.0001
Subject:
History, World Medieval History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This is a study of madness in the medieval Islamic world. Using a wide variety of sources from history, literature, and art, the book explores beliefs about madness in Islamic society and examines ... More


Introduction: The Saturnalian Pattern

C. L. Barber

in Shakespeare's Festive Comedy: A Study of Dramatic Form and Its Relation to Social Custom

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149523
eISBN:
9781400839858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149523.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores the connections between Shakespeare's comedies and Elizabethan holidays. It argues that the saturnalian pattern came to Shakespeare from many sources, both in social and ... More


Light, Vision, and the Unity of Book 3

David Quint

in Inside Paradise Lost: Reading the Designs of Milton's Epic

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691161914
eISBN:
9781400850488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691161914.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter looks at book 3 of Paradise Lost, which sets apart an invisible God and heaven from the visible universe, divine light from sunlight. Book 3 points to a contrast between the internal ... More


The Office for the Feast of the Circumcision from Le Puy

Wulf Arlt

in The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages: Methodology and Source Studies, Regional Developments, Hagiography

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195124538
eISBN:
9780199868421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195124538.003.0015
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The Office for the Feast of Circumcision (sometimes called the Feast of Fools) was celebrated throughout the more than twenty-four hours starting with First Vespers on 31 December and lasting through ... More


The Sound Barrier

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

1928 was the year when sound film was genuinely established. As the early part-talking films were produced, the studios scramble to mount the sound-film bandwagon while audiences were compelled to ... More


Shakespeare and Laughter: A Cultural History

Indira Ghose

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719076923
eISBN:
9781781700983
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719076923.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This book examines laughter in the Shakespearean theatre, in the context of a cultural history of early modern laughter, and looks at various strands of the early modern discourse on laughter, ... More


The Atheistic Answer: Abandoning the Quest

James L. Crenshaw

in Defending God: Biblical Responses to the Problem of Evil

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195140026
eISBN:
9780199835607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195140028.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The simplest response to the problem of evil is to deny that God exists and therefore to view evil as a matter of chance, like everything else. Two biblical psalms, 10 and 14 (which has an almost ... More


Holy Fools in Byzantium and Beyond

Sergey A. Ivanov

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199272518
eISBN:
9780191709746
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272518.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

There are saints in Orthodox Christian culture who overturn the conventional concept of sainthood: their conduct is morally dubious. Such saints are called ‘holy fools’. They existed in Byzantium for ... More


Melting Whites and Liberated Latinas: Identity, Fate, and Character in Fools Rush in

Paul C. Taylor

in Ethics at the Cinema

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195320398
eISBN:
9780199869534
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320398.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

In the 1997 film, Fools Rush In, a young Chicana (Selma Hayek) marries, divorces, and remarries a young Anglo businessman (Matthew Perry). The film uses this narrative, and the devices that the genre ... More


Iurodstvo in an Age of Transition

Sergey A. Ivanov and Simon Franklin

in Holy Fools in Byzantium and Beyond

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199272518
eISBN:
9780191709746
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272518.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

In the 17th century, the Russian Orthodox Church had clearly set its sight on the gradual ousting of iourodstvo. At the same time, holy foolery itself was becoming eroded, both as a paradigm of ... More


Holy Fool and Magus: The Uses of Discipleship in Under the Net and The Flight from the Enchanter

Peter J. Conradi

in Iris Murdoch, Philosopher

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199289905
eISBN:
9780191728471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289905.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Iris Murdoch habitually explored courts, covens or cabals within her fiction. Her first two novels, Under the Net and The Flight from the Enchanter, considered by critics to belong to different ... More


Mother Fool

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0025
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the supposed historical connection between the Infanterie Dijonnaise and the Feast of Fools in Dijon's Sainte-Chapelle. More specifically, it considers the Infanterie ... More


Hikayat Abi al-Qasim: A Literary Banquet

Emily Selove

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781474402316
eISBN:
9781474418782
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402316.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

ḤikāyatAbī al-Qāsim, probably written in the 11th century by the otherwise unknown al-Azdi, tells the story of a gate-crasher from Baghdad named Abu l-Qasim, who shows up uninvited at a party in ... More


Libido and the Market-Place: The Fools of Paul’s

SWAPAN CHAKRAVORTY

in Society and Politics in the Plays of Thomas Middleton

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182665
eISBN:
9780191673856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182665.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

In the major comedies he wrote for Paul’s Boys, Thomas Middleton chose to make his satiric point through irony and the biter-bit motif. This enabled ... More


THE WISE FOOL

Michael W. Dols and Diana E. Immisch

in Majnūn: The Madman in Medieval Islamic Society

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198202219
eISBN:
9780191675218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202219.003.0013
Subject:
History, World Medieval History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In the early Abbasid period, there appears to have been an appreciable number of ‘wise fools’ or, alternatively, a number of individuals who were given particular prominence by those who labelled ... More


Folly to Greeks

John Saward

in Perfect Fools: Folly for Christ's Sake in Catholic and Orthodox Spirituality

Published in print:
1980
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780192132307
eISBN:
9780191670046
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132307.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter discusses the Christian tradition of the holy fool, which began with the teaching and experience of the apostle Paul. He first used the phrase ‘fool for Christ's sake’, and constantly ... More


Folly in the Orthodox East

John Saward

in Perfect Fools: Folly for Christ's Sake in Catholic and Orthodox Spirituality

Published in print:
1980
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780192132307
eISBN:
9780191670046
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132307.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology

In the Holy Orthodox Churches of the East ‘fool for Christ's sake’ is a hagiographical category like ‘martyr’, ‘virgin’, or ‘confessor’. The salos or yurodivy (the Greek and Russian technical terms ... More


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