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Death and TensesPosthumous Presence in Early Modern France$
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Neil Kenny

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198754039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754039.001.0001

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Tense and Ritual

Tense and Ritual

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Death and Tenses

Neil Kenny

Oxford University Press

This section creates a framework within which Part II will analyse tense-use. The framework is that of early modern rituals associated with death—both its liminal phase and its aftermath. The notions of event and replay are introduced: some rituals were concerned more with the event of dying, and others with replaying that event; many rituals blurred the distinction between the two. Rituals mediated posthumous presence that was often conceived of as the passing on of a gift.

Keywords:   event, funeral, gift, posthumous presence, tense, ritual

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