The Politics of Personification in the Jacobean Lord Mayors’ Shows

Susan Anderson

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    Abstract

    The personification of abstract qualities, virtues, places, art forms, and acts was a ubiquitous feature of the London Lord Mayors’ Shows of the Jacobean period. This essay explores the political philosophies that the repeated use of these figures suggest, and argues that the textual descriptions of these events invite the reader to understand the process of signification itself as grounded in an objectivism guaranteed by political authority.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPersonification
    Subtitle of host publicationEmbodying Meaning and Emotion
    EditorsWalter Melion, Bart Ramakers
    PublisherBrill
    Pages354-367
    Number of pages13
    Volume41
    ISBN (Electronic)9789004310438
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

    Publication series

    NameIntersections
    PublisherBrill

    Keywords

    • Thomas Middleton
    • Anthony Munday
    • Pageantry
    • Performance
    • personification
    • drama
    • early modern
    • London

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