Killing Himself by Accident: <i>Of Broken Frames, Mimetic Blindness, and a Dance of Death</i>

Jody Enders

in Murder by Accident

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226207834
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226207858 | DOI:
Killing Himself by Accident: Of Broken Frames, Mimetic Blindness, and a Dance of Death

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This chapter discusses the case of Henry D'Anoux who fell on his knife while dancing and accidentally killed himself during a wedding reception in October 1504. It explains that D'Anoux has been known to perform acrobatics, somersaults, tumbling and mime with a knife dangling in his buttocks. The analysis of this case provides a new understanding of theatrical performativity which in turn facilitates a critical reassessment of the concept of intentional fallacy.

Keywords: Henry D'Anoux; accidental death; dancing; theatrical permittivity; intentional fallacy; acrobatics

Chapter.  8955 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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