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Street Scenes: Late Medieval Acting and Performance
     

Street Scenes: Late Medieval Acting and Performance

by S. Aronson-Lehavi
 
Street Scenes reconstructs performance theory of religious vernacular theatre in the late medieval period through a fresh and original reading of Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge.

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Street Scenes reconstructs performance theory of religious vernacular theatre in the late medieval period through a fresh and original reading of Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge.

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"Aronson-Lehavi boldly opens up the issue of a conscious aesthetic of medieval performance. Her innovative reading of the Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge explicates a theory of religious performance, particularly in relation to mystery plays. She interrogates this theory to show how actors are delineated from the characters they portray to stand as mediators between the audience and the holy figures on the stage, a positioning encouraged by the episodic structure of the plays themselves. The combination of close reading of play sequences from the York cycle with discussion of modern non-realistic experimental theatre theory works to establish a significant new focus for medieval theatre studies." - Margaret Rogerson, University of Sydney and author of Playing a Part in History: The York Mysteries 1951-2006

"Aronson-Lehavi's illuminated and nuanced reading of the hitherto little-studied Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge reveals a coherent and comprehensive aesthetics of performance that significantly clarifies our understanding of the operations of late medieval theatre. It should be of considerable interest not only to students of this period but to all interested in the history of the aesthetics of the performing body." - Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230606654
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
New Middle Ages Series
Edition description:
2011
Pages:
183
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Aronson-Lehavi is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at the Department of Comparative Literature at Bar Ilan University, Israel. Her writing has appeared in journals such as TRI and Performance Research and she is the editor of Wanderers and Other Israeli Plays (2009).

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