For an optimal, integrated textual and audiovisual experience, the Accessus editors strongly suggest using the latest version of Mozilla Firefox as your browser. When you click the "Back" arrow to return to the PDF after viewing the video links embedded in the text, Firefox will allow you to resume reading where you left off. Other browsers may return you to the beginning of the article.
This retrospective represents a new approach to using historical performance as a tool for understanding medieval narrative performance. The core of the article traces how an individual performer’s interaction with a stable medieval text both indicates directions medieval performers may have taken and suggests the limitations imposed by modern performance conventions. The discussion touches on issues of adaptation and translation, variation in troupe composition and audience, expectations of modern audiences, impact of costume choices, and limitations of audio and video recordings as documentation of live performance. Juxtaposing eight performances of a single passage clarifies how performance can transform a text, and how a text can impose a consistent character across a range of performance redactions.
Zaerr, Linda Marie
"How the Axe Falls: A Retrospective on Thirty-five Years of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Performance,"
Accessus: Vol. 1
, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol1/iss2/3