Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Telling the Story in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of Evelyn Birge Vitz

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Telling the Story in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of Evelyn Birge Vitz

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Telling the Story in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of Evelyn Birge Vitz, ed. Kathryn A. Duys, Elizabeth Emery, and Laurie Postlewate, Gallica 36 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2015). xviii + 259 pp. ISBN 978-1-84384-391-7. £60.00. Evelyn [Timmie] Vitz has, in the last twenty years or so since the publication of her Orality and Performance in Early French Romance (1999), become the doyenne of medieval performance studies; she has sought to bring a new focus to bear on the spoken word which we now experience only through the silence of the manuscript or printed page. It is particularly appropriate, then, that her colleagues and friends should celebrate her work with this present volume which consists of fourteen papers (as well, of course, as a tribute and bibliography for Timmie herself, and a charmingly personal tribute from Sam Rosenberg). A first section, 'Speaking of stories', explores storytelling proper: informal, extempore storytelling (Zaerr, Lawrence); storytelling experienced by a modern medievalist (Cochin); with Villon, the poet's own voice (Freeman Regalado). …

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