Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends
By (author) Jody Enders
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Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends by Jody Enders
Book DescriptionWas 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 DetailsISBN: 9780226207889
(228mm x 154mm x 19mm)
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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Drawing on four medieval events in which a theatrical performance precipitated deadly consequences, this book contends that the marginalization of intention in critical discourse is a mirror for the marginalization - and misunderstanding - of theater.
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Why did medieval dramatists weave so many scenes of torture into their plays? Exploring the cultural connections among rhetoric, law, drama, literary creation, and violence, Jody Enders addresses an issue that has long troubled students of the Middle...
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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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