Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Aspects of the Performative in Medieval Culture

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Aspects of the Performative in Medieval Culture

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Aspects of the Performative in Medieval Culture, ed. Manuele Gragnolati and Almut Suerbaum, Trends in Medieval Philology 18 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010). 3 19 pp. ISBN 978-3-1 1022246- 3. euro99.9 5/$ 1 50.00. The introduction to this volume is an excellent place to start for anyone wishing to understand the potential of the concepts of performance and performativity for the literary study of medieval literature in the context of international scholarship. The concept, as the editors present it, is firmly founded on J. L. Austin's work from the 19705, the usefulness of which they see in the way it makes it possible 'to move beyond seeing words and actions as polar opposites' and offering a way of dealing with specifically medieval forms of 'textuality', the way it works, what it does. Gragnolati's perspective is that of Italian studies, whereas Suerbaum is a Germanist. …

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