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dc.contributor.authorBrunet, Lynn
dc.date.accessioned2022-06-03T04:01:12Z
dc.date.available2022-06-03T04:01:12Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.date.submitted2022-06-02T13:51:28Z
dc.identifierONIX_20220602_9783035300789_2
dc.identifierhttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/56651
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/83867
dc.description.abstractThe artist Francis Bacon (1909-1992) and the writer Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) both convey in their work a sense of foreboding and confinement in bleak, ritualistic spaces. This book identifies many similarities between the spaces and activities they evoke and the initiatory practices of fraternal orders and secret societies that were an integral part of the social landscape of the Ireland experienced by both men during childhood. Many of these Irish societies modelled their ritual structures and symbolism on the Masonic Order. Freemasons use the term ‘spurious Freemasonry’ to designate those rituals not sanctioned by the Grand Lodge. The Masonic author Albert Mackey argues that the spurious forms were those derived from the various cult practices of the classical world and describes these initiatory practices as ‘a course of severe and arduous trials’. This reading of Bacon’s and Beckett’s work draws on theories of trauma to suggest that there may be a disturbing link between Bacon’s stark imagery, Beckett’s obscure performances and the unofficial use of Masonic rites.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.relation.ispartofseriesReimagining Ireland
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::D Literature & literary studies::DS Literature: history & criticism::DSB Literary studies: general::DSBH Literary studies: from c 1900 -
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::A The arts::AB The arts: general issues
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::A The arts::AC History of art / art & design styles::ACV History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::A The arts::AN Theatre studies
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HR Religion & beliefs::HRA Religion: general
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HR Religion & beliefs::HRL Aspects of religion (non-Christian)::HRLK Spirituality & religious experience
dc.subject.otherArduous
dc.subject.otherBacon
dc.subject.otherBeckett
dc.subject.otherBrunet
dc.subject.otherCentury
dc.subject.otherCourse
dc.subject.otherEarly
dc.subject.otherFreemasonry
dc.subject.otherGnostics
dc.subject.otherIreland
dc.subject.otherIrish initiations
dc.subject.otherMasonic rites
dc.subject.otherSevere
dc.subject.otherSpurious
dc.subject.otherTorture
dc.subject.otherTrials’
dc.subject.otherTwentieth
dc.title‘A Course of Severe and Arduous Trials’
dc.title.alternativeBacon, Beckett and Spurious Freemasonry in Early Twentieth-Century Ireland
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.3726/978-3-0353-0078-9
oapen.relation.isPublishedByf6ba26fb-2881-41c1-848a-f9628b869216
oapen.relation.isbn9783035300789
oapen.relation.isbn9783039118540
oapen.pages218
oapen.place.publicationBern
dc.seriesnumber6


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