The Medieval Theater of Cruelty: Rhetoric, Memory, Violence

The Medieval Theater of Cruelty: Rhetoric, Memory, Violence

by Jody Enders
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801487838

ISBN-13: 9780801487835

Pub. Date: 04/28/2002

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Why did medieval dramatists include so many scenes of torture in their plays? Exploring the cultural connections among rhetoric, law, drama, literary creation, and violence, Jody Enders addresses an issue that has long troubled students of the Middle Ages. According to Enders, theories of rhetoric and law of the time reveal that the ideology of torture was a widely…  See more details below

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Why did medieval dramatists include so many scenes of torture in their plays? Exploring the cultural connections among rhetoric, law, drama, literary creation, and violence, Jody Enders addresses an issue that has long troubled students of the Middle Ages. According to Enders, theories of rhetoric and law of the time reveal that the ideology of torture was a widely accepted means for exploiting such essential elements of the stage and stagecraft as dramatic verisimilitude, pity, fear, and catharsis in order to fabricate truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801487835
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Abbreviations
A Polemical Introduction1
Ch. 1The Dramatic Violence of Invention25
The Inventional Drama of Torture28
Rhetoric and Drama, Torture and Truth38
The Violent Invention of Drama48
Ch. 2The Memory of Pain63
Foundational Violence71
Violent Births, Miscarriages of Justice, Tortured Spaces82
The Architecture of the Body in Pain96
Violent Origins and Virtual Performances111
Dramatic Figuration and Mnemonic Disfigurement in Medieval French Drama120
Pedagogy, Spectacle, and the Mnemonic Agon129
The Memory of Drama152
Ch. 3The Performance of Violence160
Pleasure, Pain, and the Spectacle of Scourging170
Witnesses at the Scene185
Special Effects192
Death by Drama202
Violence and Performativity on the French Medieval Stage: A Retrospective218
Conclusion: Vicious Cycles230
Works Cited239
Index261

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