Session Title

Performing Joan: Interpreting the Maid on Screen, on Stage, and in the Streets

Sponsoring Organization(s)

International Joan of Arc Society/Société Internationale de l'étude de Jeanne d'Arc

Organizer Name

Scott Manning

Organizer Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Presider Name

Tara Beth Smithson

Presider Affiliation

Manchester Univ.

Paper Title 1

Joan of Arc: The Maid of New Orleans

Presenter 1 Name

Elizabeth Watkins

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Loyola Univ. New Orleans

Paper Title 2

The Passion of Miley Cyrus: Medievalism as Pop Feminism in "Mother’s Daughter"

Presenter 2 Name

Gillian L. Gower

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of California-Los Angeles

Paper Title 3

Any Maid Will Do: Victorian Joan of Arcs in Ringling Bros. Couriers and Librettos

Presenter 3 Name

Scott Manning

Paper Title 4

Joan of Arc in America: Hellman's The Lark Soars on Broadway

Presenter 4 Name

Stephanie L. Coker

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of North Alabama

Start Date

7-5-2020 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1280

Description

Joan of Arc continues to captivate filmmakers, most recently Bruno Dumont, whose headbanging heroine mixes medieval and metal in Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (2017) and Joan of Arc (2019). Joan has also made a Broadway comeback via three recent productions: David Byrne’s rock musical Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (2017) the 2018 revival of Shaw’s Saint Joan, and Jane Anderson’s Mother of the Maid (2018). Participatory street theater such as Orléans’ yearly Fêtes de Jeanne d’Arc or the procession’s campier New World cousin, a Joan-themed carnival parade in New Orleans, also shape the Maid’s evolving legacy.

This panel seeks papers that explore the origins, processes, and reception of Joan in performance. What performative aspects characterize the primary documents that inspired subsequent retellings of Joan’s story? Why do certain patterns emerge in Joan’s onstage and onscreen afterlives? And how do different authors and actors approach the creative task of communicating Joan’s relevance to new audiences? What purposes do these performances serve for those who conceive of or take part in them? Finally, how are the productions that Joan inspires received? Scott Manning

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May 7th, 1:30 PM

Performing Joan: Interpreting the Maid on Screen, on Stage, and in the Streets

Schneider 1280

Joan of Arc continues to captivate filmmakers, most recently Bruno Dumont, whose headbanging heroine mixes medieval and metal in Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (2017) and Joan of Arc (2019). Joan has also made a Broadway comeback via three recent productions: David Byrne’s rock musical Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (2017) the 2018 revival of Shaw’s Saint Joan, and Jane Anderson’s Mother of the Maid (2018). Participatory street theater such as Orléans’ yearly Fêtes de Jeanne d’Arc or the procession’s campier New World cousin, a Joan-themed carnival parade in New Orleans, also shape the Maid’s evolving legacy.

This panel seeks papers that explore the origins, processes, and reception of Joan in performance. What performative aspects characterize the primary documents that inspired subsequent retellings of Joan’s story? Why do certain patterns emerge in Joan’s onstage and onscreen afterlives? And how do different authors and actors approach the creative task of communicating Joan’s relevance to new audiences? What purposes do these performances serve for those who conceive of or take part in them? Finally, how are the productions that Joan inspires received? Scott Manning