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Performance and Theatricality in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

M. Cruse (ed.)
XIII+207 p., 23 b/w ill., 1 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-57987-0
Languages: English
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This volume offers a panoramic mosaic of the world-making role of theater and performance in medieval and early modern European societies.

This volume is a contribution to the cross-cultural study of theater and performance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The studies gathered here examine material from Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, and Spain from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century. Underlying all of these essays is the understanding that performance shapes reality — that in all of the cultural contexts included here, performance opened a space in which patrons, rulers, writers, painters, spectators, and readers could see themselves or their societies differently, and thereby could assume different identities or construct alternative communities. Addressing confession and private devotion, urban theater and pageantry, royal legitimacy and religious debate, and a wide range of genres and media, this volume offers a panoramic mosaic of the world-making role of theater and performance in medieval and early modern European societies.

Table of Contents

Introduction — MARK CRUSE

The Intersubjective Performance of Confession vs. Courtly Profession — MARISA GALVEZ

Performing Prudence in Sawles Warde and Chaucer’s Tale of Melibee — CANDACE HULL TAYLOR

The Spectacle of Sainthood: Performance and Politics of La Festa et Storia di Sancta Caterina in Siena — JENNA SOLEO-SHANKS

A Case For Reperformance: Illustrations in the Istoire de la Destruction de Troie la Grant LOFTON L. DURHAM

Tracing Medieval Performance: The Visual Archive — CLAIRE SPONSLER

The Discourse about Gender Relationships on the Urban Stage in Late Medieval German Shrovetide Plays and Verse Narratives — ALBRECHT CLASSEN

Subversive Imagery in Bruegel’s The Dirty Bride and Valentine and Orson — CATHERINE SCHULTZ MCFARLAND

Staging the Thirty Years’ War: Jesuit Drama and the Politics of Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria, 1600–1625 — WILLIAM BRADFORD SMITH

Musical Performance in Lope de Vega’s La discordia en los casados [Discord between Spouses] — IVY HOWELL WALTERS

Drama in the Service of Orthodoxy: Dimitrii of Rostov’s Theatrical Investigation of the Schism — J. EUGENE CLAY

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
Comparative & cultural studies through literature
Cultural studies (general & theoretical)
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Recreational & performing arts
Medieval & early drama (to c. 1650)
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Early modern history (1501-1800) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history

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