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Description - Visualizing Medieval Performance by Elina Gertsman

Taking a fresh look at the interconnections between medieval images, texts, theater, and practices of viewing, reading and listening, this explicitly interdisciplinary volume explores various manifestations of performance and meanings of performativity in the Middle Ages. The contributors - from their various perspectives as scholars of art history, religion, history, literary studies, theater studies, music and dance - combine their resources to reassess the complexity of expressions and definitions of medieval performance in a variety of different media. Among the topics considered are interconnections between ritual and theater; dynamics of performative readings of illuminated manuscripts, buildings and sculptures; linguistic performances of identity; performative models of medieval spirituality; social and political spectacles encoded in ceremonies; junctures between spatial configurations of the medieval stage and mnemonic practices used for meditation; performances of late medieval music that raise questions about the issues of historicity, authenticity, and historical correctness in performance; and tensions inherent in the very notion of a medieval dance performance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780754664369
ISBN-10: 0754664368
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 366
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Elina Gertsman

Elina Gertsman is Assistant Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University, USA. She has written on macabre imagery, and on the relationship between medieval art and drama. Elina Gertsman, Christina Maranci, Richard K. Emmerson, Pamela Sheingorn, Beverly Mayne Kienzle, Carolyn Muessig, Mary Suydam, Mary Frohlich, Jonathan Decter, Daisy Delogu, Helen Swift, Rebecca Zorach, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Glenn Ehrstine, Yossi Maurey, Jennifer Nevile.

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