Early Drama, Art, and Music has an established reputation for publishing specialized high-quality scholarship through Medieval Institute Publications at Western Michigan University. The current editorial board interprets its core business in drama, art and music in very permissive ways that reflect current critical trends. The board seeks submissions from new as well as established scholars with an interest in, for example, performativity, rituals, somatic reception and medievalism, as well as in fresh departures in the study of plays, visual and plastic arts and music. The time is ripe for a more global reach, to expand the conventional Anglophone and Latin base into explorations of a wider range of traditions from medieval Europe and beyond.
Every known society wears some form of clothing. It is central to how we experience our bodies and how we understand the sociocultural dimensions of our embodiment. It is also central to how we understand works of literature. In this innovative study, Brazil demonstrates how medieval writers use clothing to direct readers’ and spectators’ awareness to forms of embodiment. Offering insights into how poetic works, plays, and devotional treatises target readers’ kinesic intelligence—their ability to understand movements and gestures—Brazil demonstrates the theological implications of clothing, often evinced by how garments limit or facilitate the movements and postures of bodies in narratives. By bringing recent studies in the field of embodied cognition to bear on narrated and dramatized interactions between dress and body, this book offers new methodological tools to the study of clothing.