The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity. Volume 4: Picture That: Making a Show of the Jongleur

The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity. Volume 4: Picture That: Making a Show of the Jongleur Jan M. Ziolkowski
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Prof. Ziolkowski also featured in a podcast for, called the Medieval Podcast hosted by Danièle Cybulskie. To listen to this podcast for free, visit here. You can also watch the talk he delivered about this study at the American Philosophical Society here.

A lifetime’s knowledge has been poured into these pages with passion and dedication, and the reader feels, and shares, the author’s enthusiasm along the Juggler’s journey from the Middle Ages to the present. From medieval French manuscripts we follow the tale through early modern religious literature, post-Romantic editorial endeavours, anthologies of national literature and children’s fiction, to modern adaptations in ballet, opera, and the visual arts. Such wide-ranging enterprise is matched by a fluent, witty narrative which succeeds in making complex terminology and concepts accessible to non-specialist readers. As such, the work is a major achievement.
Prof. Barbara Ravelhofer, Durham University

Funny, erudite, compelling, The Juggler of Notre Dame stretches every boundary of what an academic book is. It has given me—and will give all its readers—further permission to extend the definition of the scholarly book. Imaginative, well-researched, genre-bending, this book makes multiple contributions to the fields of medieval history, philology, art history, performance studies, reception theory, and medievalism.
Prof. Kathryn Rudy, University of St Andrews

This ambitious and vivid study in six volumes explores the journey of a single, electrifying story, from its first incarnation in a medieval French poem through its prolific rebirth in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Juggler of Notre Dame tells how an entertainer abandons the world to join a monastery, but is suspected of blasphemy after dancing his devotion before a statue of the Madonna in the crypt; he is saved when the statue, delighted by his skill, miraculously comes to life.
Jan Ziolkowski tracks the poem from its medieval roots to its rediscovery in late nineteenth-century Paris, before its translation into English in Britain and the United States. The visual influence of the tale on Gothic revivalism and vice versa in America is carefully documented with lavish and inventive illustrations, and Ziolkowski concludes with an examination of the explosion of interest in The Juggler of Notre Dame in the twentieth century and its place in mass culture today. Volume 4 examines the famous Le jongleur de Notre Dame by the French composer Jules Massenet, which took Europe by storm after premiering in 1902 and then crossed the Atlantic to the impresario Oscar Hammerstein and the diva Mary Garden, who gave the opera new legs as a female juggler.
Presented with great clarity and simplicity, Ziolkowski's work is accessible to the general reader, while its many new discoveries will be valuable to academics in such fields and disciplines as medieval studies, medievalism, philology, literary history, art history, folklore, performance studies, and reception studies.

The Juggler of Notre Dame comprises six volumes:

Vol. 1: The Middle Ages
Vol. 2: Medieval Meets Medievalism
Vol. 3: The American Middle Ages
Vol. 4: Picture That: Making a Show of the Jongleur
Vol. 5: Tumbling into the Twentieth Century
Vol. 6: War and Peace, Sex and Violence

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The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity. Volume 4: Picture That: Making a Show of the Jongleur
Jan M. Ziolkowski | October 2018
520 | 340 colour illustrations | 7" x 10" (178 x 254 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783745296
ISBN Hardback: 9781783745302
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783745319
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783745326
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783745333
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DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0147
Categories: BIC: ACK (History of art: Byzantine and Medieval art c. 500 CE to c. 1400), JFHF (Folklore, myths and legends), D (Literature and literary studies), AVGC (Western classical music), AVGC9 (Opera), ACV (History of art and design styles: c. 1800 to c. 1900), AFC (Painting and paintings), AMX (History of architecture); BISAC: LIT022000 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology), LIT011000 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Medieval), LIT025040 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Religion), ARC005060 (ARCHITECTURE / History / Romanticism), ART035000 (ART / Subjects & Themes / Religious), MUS028000 (MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Opera)

Note to the Reader

1.    The Composer
    The Jongleur in the Circle of Richard Wagner
    The Medievalesque Oeuvre of Jules Massenet
    The Tall Tale of the Libretto
    The Middle Ages of the Opera
    Sage Wisdom
    Juggling Secular and Ecclesiastical
    The Jongleur of Monte Carlo
    Jean, Bénédictine, and Selling Gothic
    The Musician of Women
    The All-Male Cast

2.    The Diva
    Mary Garden Takes America
    Oscar Hammerstein I
    Making a Travesti of Massenet’s Tenor
    Selling the Jongleur
    Mary Garden Dances the Role
    The Role of Dance
    Sexless, Sexy… and What Sex?
    The Jongleur Goes to Notre Dame
    The College Woman as Jongleur: Skirting the Issue
    From Opera to Vaudeville

3.    Images of the Virgin
    The Power of Madonnas in the Round
    Madonnas in Majesty
    Animated Images
    Miracles of Madonnas

4.    The Crypt
    Grottoes and Crypts
    Madonnas in Crypts
    Cistercian Crypts
    Gothic Crypts

5.    Enlightening the Virgin
    The Incandescent Virgin
    Dressing Madonnas: What Are You Wearing?
    Carrying a Torch for Mary
    Lighting Effects: Lights, Camera, Action!
    Voyeurism and Performance Art

6.    Cloistering the USA: Everybody Must Get Stones
    Stony Silence
    Collecting Clusters of Cloisters
    A Gothic Room of Her Own: Vanderbilt and Gardner
    Raymond Pitcairn and the "New Church”
    The Hearst Castle
    The Last Hurrah

7.    The Great War and Its Aftermath
    Ruining Europe
    Reims: Martyr City and Cathedral
    Rebuilding Europe in America
    German Expressionism
    French Piety
    Painting the Juggler
    American Gothic

    Notes to Chapter 1
    Notes to Chapter 2
    Notes to Chapter 3
    Notes to Chapter 4
    Notes to Chapter 5
    Notes to Chapter 6
    Notes to Chapter 7

    Referenced Works

List of Illustrations

Jan Ziolkowski is the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin at Harvard University and Director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. His scholarship has focused on the literature of the Latin Middle Ages.
Ziolkowski’s books include critical editions and translations of medieval Latin texts, such as Jezebel: A Norman Latin Poem of the Early Eleventh Century, as well as wide-ranging studies in literary and intellectual history, such as Fairy Tales from Before Fairy Tales: The Medieval Latin Past of Wonderful Lies. He has also co-edited two anthologies of translations, The Medieval Craft of Memory (with Mary Carruthers) and The Virgilian Tradition: The First Fifteen Hundred Years (with Michael C.J. Putnam).