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Performing the ReformationReligious Festivals in Contemporary Wittenberg$
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Barry Stephenson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732753

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732753.001.0001

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The Wittenberg Festivals

The Wittenberg Festivals

(p.33) 2 The Wittenberg Festivals
Performing the Reformation

Barry Stephenson

Oxford University Press

Each year, the town of Wittenberg hosts two Luther-themed festivals: Reformation Day and Luther’s Wedding. This chapter provides an introduction to the content and nature of the festivals and describes the historical origins and development of Luther-themed festivity and commemoration. An analytical approach to studying contemporary festivity in terms of cultural domains and number of key foci is presented.

Keywords:   festivity, celebration, ceremony, Luther’s Wedding, Reformation Day, framing

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