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TAMING TRANSGRESSION AND VIOLENCE IN THE CARNIVALS OF EARLY MODERN NAPLES

Guarino, Gabriel (2016) TAMING TRANSGRESSION AND VIOLENCE IN THE CARNIVALS OF EARLY MODERN NAPLES. The Historical Journal, FirstV . pp. 1-20. [Journal article]

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URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/article_S0018246X15000497

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X15000497

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to explore the political importance of Neapolitan Carnival and the government's involvement in steering and controlling the celebrations at various historical junctions during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It is particularly important to note in this context the ritual pillages of cuccagne staged by the rulers. The sponsorship of such Carnivalesque entertainments quelled the rulers' fears from popular rebellion and disorder as much as they fed popular needs for bread and circuses; and it is in this context of maintaining intact the city's fragile social balances that we should interpret the ubiquity of these violent spectacles in early modern Naples.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Naples, Carnival, Bourbons, Habsburgs, Viceroys, Cultural History, Ritual Violence, Italy, Spain
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:34240
Deposited By: Dr Gabriel Guarino
Deposited On:18 Apr 2016 10:13
Last Modified:18 Apr 2016 10:13

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