Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends by Jody Enders
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Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends
By Jody Enders

Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends

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Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends by Jody Enders

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Was a convicted criminal executed on stage during a beheading scene? Was an unfortunate actor driven insane while playing a madman? Did a theatrical enactment of a crucifixion result in a real one? Did an androgynous young man seduce a priest when portraying a female saint? Death by Drama answers these and other questions while presenting a treasure trove of tales that have long seemed true but are actually medieval urban legends. On topics ranging from politics, religion, and learning to marriage, class, and law, these tales, Jody Enders argues, do the cultural work of all urban legends: they disclose the hopes, fears, and anxieties of their tellers. Each one represents a medieval meditation created or dramatized by the theater with its power to blur the line between fiction and reality, engaging anyone who watches, performs, or is represented by it.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226207889
ISBN-10: 0226207889
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 154mm x 19mm)
Pages: 354
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 12-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jody Enders

Jody Enders is professor of French and dramatic art at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Rhetoric and the Origins of Medieval Drama and The Medieval Theater of Cruelty: Rhetoric, Memory, Violence.

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