Beginning with little more than a whisper, the choirs called out to the flagellants
The "wild, flagellant
" laughter is the outspoken (and to the male narrator, outrageous) voice of women, straining and rebelling against the prejudices and biases of the phallocentric society surrounding them.
While this contemporary effort to label violence as a relic of an othered Middle Ages is consistently shown to be a fantasy, Carlson's references to events reported in the Parisian Journal make clear that fifteenth-century France was a location of widespread and casual violence and that the saints' plays, altar images, and flagellant
processions of the day were part and parcel of the presence of suffering.
As it is, the poetry of cultural memory, as self flagellant
as it may seem, could not be what it is if it did not sustain a certain kind of political vision of the identities and histories that its poetry installs as a denunciation and complaint, on the one hand, and, on the other, as an affirmation and strengthening of a subjective perspective whose ontological reality cannot be understood if one is not in the bosom of some situated culture, and in the real territories of geography and memory of which this poetry becomes testimony.
Martin and Meyers handle differently Katherine Balderston's sixty-year old claim that Johnson, during his years at Streatham, was "a flagellant
demanding to be scourged and manacled" (Martin 389).
Peter's College, the Flagellant
(1792) of Westminster School, (1) Olla Podrida (1787-1788) of St.
Enlightment conceptions of flagellation as innately sexual thus projected backwards onto the religious tradition even as they created new models for flagellant
practices in the future.
movement grew in the late 13th century.
This is not to claim that seeing the pageants involved pietistic excess such as what might be observed in the case of flagellant
processions in southern Europe.
"I think that it was not that my consciousness and emotions absorbed the blood and sand of the gory corrida," Eisenstein wrote in his journals at the time, "the heady sensuality of the tropics, the asceticism of the flagellant
monks, the purple and gold of Catholicism, or even the cosmic timelessness of the Aztec pyramids; on the contrary, the whole complex of emotions and traits that characterize me extended infinitely beyond me to become an entire, vast country with mountains, forests, cathedrals, people, fruit, wild animals, breakers, herds, armies, decorated prelates, majolica on blue cupolas, necklaces made of gold coins worn by the girls of Tehuantepec and the play of reflections in the canals of Xochimilco."
There were no dances-of-death or outbreaks of flagellant
cults, but a millennial fever worthy of medieval superstition infected the most secular of cultures.
But from watching The Passion, you get the unhealthy feeling that Mel, like some Flagellant
from 1260 enjoys seeing a good whipping.
Offering up her life for Juan Peron (who was also born out of wedlock), Evita transformed herself into what the author characterizes as "a flagellant
compelled to take on the suffering of an entire nation and make it her own."
When the flagellant
bars fall still in this semi-derelict place, their din likewise decays dramatically.
Called Design for Loving, Nathan's play featured a hermaphrodite, anonanist, a flagellant
, a transvestite, a male homosexual, a lesbian, and another woman with "tribade tendencies" among its cast of characters (Faderman 104).