Myth, Reality and Revelation: The Performance of Divine Power on Dartmoor

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  • David Harvey
  • Joanne Parker, University of Exeter, Storbritannien
This article explores the nexus between the folk heritage of an unusual archaeological site, an early modern account of ‘ball lightning’, and the literary construction of an affective atmosphere. It examines how a violent storm in October 1638 provided a symbolic reservoir for narrative accounts of both the performance of God’s power and the Devil’s trickery, thereby providing lessons for civil conduct alongside explanations of some unusual archaeological features. Tracing a biographical life history of how the storm has been remembered at different periods since the event, we chart how various narratives of landscape can unfold over several centuries.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftParergon
Vol/bind36
Nummer2
Sider (fra-til)91-113
Antal sider23
ISSN0313-6221
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StatusUdgivet - dec. 2019

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