Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Visualizing Medieval Peformance: Perspectives, Histories, Context

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Visualizing Medieval Peformance: Perspectives, Histories, Context

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Visualizing Medieval Performance: Perspectives, Histories, Contexts, ed. Elina Gertsman (Aldersht: Ashgate, 2008). xvii + 348 pp. ISBN 978-0-7546-6436-9. £60.00. The sixteen essays in this volume address notions of 'performance' and 'performativity' in medieval culture from within a wide range of disciplines - social history, literature, theology, the visual arts, theatre, music - and with varying theoretical perspectives. As Elina Gertsman notes in the introduction, 'performance' has come to mean many different things in contemporary scholarly parlance. It may refer to discourse analysis, to processes of self-staging through citation and repetition, to hermeneutics, or to anthropological concepts of ritual and transformation; indeed, some scholars have been led to assert that all human behaviour constitutes performance of one kind or another. The current volume seeks to assess the nature of performance in different areas of medieval culture, ranging across western and eastern Europe and as far afield as Armenia and Baghdad. …

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