Session Title

Medieval Drama: Beyond Genres: Alan Knight in Memoriam

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society (MRDS)

Organizer Name

Robert Clark

Organizer Affiliation

Kansas State Univ.

Presider Name

Robert Clark

Paper Title 1

Openness to Comedy

Presenter 1 Name

Jody Enders

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of California-Santa Barbara

Paper Title 2

Genre Trouble: "Medieval Genres" in the Later Renaissance

Presenter 2 Name

Mario B. Longtin

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Western Univ.

Paper Title 3

Un Spectacle à Risque: The Mystère de saint Martin and Its Farce

Presenter 3 Name

Noah D. Guynn

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of California-Davis

Start Date

13-5-2017 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1125

Description

Alan E. Knight’s work has been hugely influential in the field of French medieval and Renaissance drama. His monumental critical edition of the Mystères de la procession de Lille presented us for the first time with 72 playtexts from a city where the dramatic tradition has more in common with the world of the English biblical plays. Knight’s philological work changed the way we see continental theatre and shed light on the diversity of traditions found at the end of the medieval period on a territory that we now call France. But Knight is better known for his book Aspects of Genres in Late Medieval French Drama, published in 1983. There he tackles the generic division inherited from the 17th century and conveyed by historians of literature and theater from the 19th and 20th century. To celebrate his life and work, this session will expose the bridges between genres, languages, performance spaces, filiations amongst dramatic traditions. Deliberately choosing what is shared and common, this session will focus on interconnections and resurgences, echo across boundaries, and suggest the material of the dramatic writing trade.

Frank M. Napolitano

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May 13th, 10:00 AM

Medieval Drama: Beyond Genres: Alan Knight in Memoriam

Schneider 1125

Alan E. Knight’s work has been hugely influential in the field of French medieval and Renaissance drama. His monumental critical edition of the Mystères de la procession de Lille presented us for the first time with 72 playtexts from a city where the dramatic tradition has more in common with the world of the English biblical plays. Knight’s philological work changed the way we see continental theatre and shed light on the diversity of traditions found at the end of the medieval period on a territory that we now call France. But Knight is better known for his book Aspects of Genres in Late Medieval French Drama, published in 1983. There he tackles the generic division inherited from the 17th century and conveyed by historians of literature and theater from the 19th and 20th century. To celebrate his life and work, this session will expose the bridges between genres, languages, performance spaces, filiations amongst dramatic traditions. Deliberately choosing what is shared and common, this session will focus on interconnections and resurgences, echo across boundaries, and suggest the material of the dramatic writing trade.

Frank M. Napolitano