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The Litany in Arts and Cultures

W. Sadowski, F. Marsciani (eds.)
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XIV+317 p., 32 b/w ill., 14 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2020
ISBN: 978-2-503-58670-0
Languages: English
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The book encompasses a broad historical panorama and considers the presence of litanic prayers and songs in different religions, beginning with written records in the Egyptian, Sumerian and Hebrew languages and finishing with Christian works of diverse denominations.

The articles in this book encompass a broad historical panorama and consider the presence of litanic prayers and songs in different religions, beginning with written records in the Egyptian, Sumerian and Hebrew languages and finishing with Christian works from diverse denominations. The research presents the litany as an exceptionally long-lasting genre which for several thousand years existed in the Middle-Eastern and European traditions, easily conforming to changes in religious or historical circumstances. An interdisciplinary approach by scholars representing different fields of study, including the history of liturgy, Egyptology, Assyriology, literary studies, musicology and ethnosemiotics, allows the eclectic character of litanies to be revealed, litanies which not only were a form of church prayer but also had an impact on the organization of social rituals as well as being appropriated by all the major fields of art, oetry, the fine arts and music. The musicological articles in the book address the performance of Sumerian prayers, the liturgical songs of the Middle Ages, litanies in Tudor England and polyphonic works of the great composers, such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Witold Sadowski is professor of literary theory at the University of Warsaw. His latest book European Litanic Verse: A Different Space-Time (2018) describes enumerative versification from Antiquity to Early Modernity with a particular focus on the space-time matrix within which the world is depicted in litanic poems.
Francesco Marsciani is professor of semiotics and ethnosemiotics at the University of Bologna. He was a student of Umberto Eco in Bologna and Algirdas Greimas in Paris. Among his publications are the following books: Ricerche Semiotiche I and II, and Tracciati di Etnosemiotica (recently translated into French).

Table of Contents

Witold Sadowski (University of Warsaw, Poland), Magdalena Kowalska (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland), Magdalena Maria Kubas (University of Warsaw, Poland), Studies on Litanies in the Past and Present
Roland Enmarch (University of Liverpool, UK), Litanies in Ancient Egyptian Written Culture 
Uri Gabbay (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), Litanies in the Sumerian Liturgy of Ancient Mesopotamia: A Typology of a 2,000-Year-Long Transmission History
Sam Mirelman (SOAS University of London, UK), Performative Aspects of Litanies in Sumerian Liturgical Prayers, According to Selected Late Manuscripts
Christos G. Karagiannis (University of Athens, Greece), Aspects of Litany in the Old Testament
Marie-Emmanuelle Torres (Aix Marseille University, CNRS, LA3M, Aix-en-Provence, France), ‘Πολλὰ ἔτη εἰς πολλά’: Some Litanic Practices in Byzantine Imperial Ceremonies?
Bernard Sawicki OSB (Pontifical Atheaneum of St. Anselm in Rome, Italy), A Litany in the Rule of St. Benedict
Mary Channen Caldwell (University of Pennsylvania, USA), Litanic Songs for the Virgin: Rhetoric, Repetition, and Marian Refrains in Medieval Latin Song
Joris Geldhof (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium), The Litany of Saints of the Easter Vigil in the Roman Rite
Magnus Williamson (Newcastle University, UK), Singing the Litany in Tudor England, 1544–1555
Karina Zybina (Paris Londron University of Salzburg, Austria), When Music Takes Over: Sacramental Litanies in the European Music History
Tiziana Palandrani, Sardinia’s Funerary Lamentations – The Attitos, A Case of Litany?
Jenny Ponzo (University of Turin, Italy), Francesco Galofaro (University of Turin, CUBE, Bologna, Italy), and Gabriele Marino (University of Turin, Italy), The semiotics of litanies from the Middle Ages to the YouTube era: Interpretative, intersemiotic, and performative issues

Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Comparative religion & religions not otherwise listed
Comparative religion
Judaeo-Christian Bible : texts criticism & exegesis
Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Christian devotion & forms of religious expression
Liturgy, sacraments & worship
Hymn, chants & song in church
Christian Church : Institutional History
Early Church (pre-Constantine, to c. 312)
Eastern & Orthodox Churches (from c. 312)
Social Sciences
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Greek literature
Byzantine Greek literature
Latin literature
Specific genres
Latin Poetry - Medieval
Ancient history & archaeology: Africa & Asia
Egypt & North Africa
Palestine & Near East
Mesopotamia & Iranian plateau (Middle East)
Non Indo-European langs & lits
Semitic langs & lits
Non-Semitic languages & literatures of the Middle East
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
History of Music
Medieval & Renaissance (up to c. 1600)
History of musical forms
Performing practice, performers & platforms

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