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Miraculous Affect and Analogical Materialities. Rethinking the relationship between architecture and affect in baroque Italy

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Publication details

Title of host publicationEmotion, Ritual and Power in Europe 1200-1920: Family, State & Church
DatePublished - 7 Jan 2017
Number of pages280
PublisherBasingstoke: Palgrave
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
EditorsMerridee Bailey, Katie Barclay
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)978-3319441849


Affect, architecture, materiality and ritual are examined through two miraculous liquefactions of blood -- St John the Baptist and San Gennaro -- in baroque Naples. If these inter-relationships are treated in non-representational terms, then materiality emerges as central to these relationships and crucial for an understanding of affect, while the role of ritual has been overstated. This approach fundamentally reconfigures the thinking of affect by treating it as materially implicated, while prevailing tendencies within history and history of art which approach affect in terms of representation. How do art and architecture work materially in non-representational terms to produce affect, or to effect affect, particularly in relation to miraculous events? Affect thus emerges as an effect of material possibilities. How are those material possibilities activated?

    Research areas

  • emotions, ritual, affect, analogical materiality, analogical miracle, baroque Italy, San Gregorio Armeno Naples, Blood

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