Session Title

All the World's a Stage: Performance and Performativity in Medieval England

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Program in Medieval Studies, Cornell Univ.

Organizer Name

Rachel E. Grabowski, Kaylin Myers

Organizer Affiliation

Cornell Univ., Cornell Univ.

Presider Name

Rachel E. Grabowski

Paper Title 1

Happy Wife, Happy Life: Performing Female Moral Authority in The Pride of Life

Presenter 1 Name

John T. Sebastian

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Loyola Univ. New Orleans

Paper Title 2

The Performance of Self and the Production of Space in The Book of Margery Kempe

Presenter 2 Name

Meisha Lohmann

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Binghamton Univ.

Paper Title 3

Play Time's Over: Robin Hood Revels and Riots in Late Medieval England

Presenter 3 Name

Marybeth Ruether-Wu

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Cornell Univ.

Paper Title 4

Performing Prayer in Late Medieval England

Presenter 4 Name

Paul Holchak

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Graduate Center, CUNY

Start Date

15-5-2015 10:00 AM

Session Location

Bernhard 212

Description

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England says that the Visitatio Sepulchri from the Regularis Concordia “marks the beginning of liturgical drama in England.” This panel recognizes, however, that there are other moments of dramatic narrative or performative force in early English literature. We are interested in questions that these dramatic moments raise, such as: how is performance used to construct identity, both individually and communally? What classical or broader European traditions do these dramatic moments draw upon or stem from? What social or religious bonds are created or enforced by these moments? And how are these moments of drama or performance devotionally productive for both readers and listeners? In an effort to address these and other questions raised by performance in Old or Middle English literature, we welcome papers on any of the following topics and related subjects; drama and pseudo drama, liturgy, secular ritual, oaths, speeches, dialogues, ekphrasis, preaching, processions, public prayer, and public penance.

Kaylin Myers

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May 15th, 10:00 AM

All the World's a Stage: Performance and Performativity in Medieval England

Bernhard 212

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England says that the Visitatio Sepulchri from the Regularis Concordia “marks the beginning of liturgical drama in England.” This panel recognizes, however, that there are other moments of dramatic narrative or performative force in early English literature. We are interested in questions that these dramatic moments raise, such as: how is performance used to construct identity, both individually and communally? What classical or broader European traditions do these dramatic moments draw upon or stem from? What social or religious bonds are created or enforced by these moments? And how are these moments of drama or performance devotionally productive for both readers and listeners? In an effort to address these and other questions raised by performance in Old or Middle English literature, we welcome papers on any of the following topics and related subjects; drama and pseudo drama, liturgy, secular ritual, oaths, speeches, dialogues, ekphrasis, preaching, processions, public prayer, and public penance.

Kaylin Myers