The Late Medieval Interlude

The Late Medieval Interlude

The Drama of Youth and Aristocratic Masculinity

Fiona S. Dunlop

Hardback
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York Medieval Press

Overview

Overview

Sensitive study of the 15/16 century interlude, focussing on one of its major concerns, the depiction of male aristocracy and the development to maturity.
The commercial theatre of the late sixteenth century is often credited with introducing its audiences to new modes of thought about the self, society and the nation, making them conscious that the self is performed, as an actor performs a role. Yet the earlier interlude drama, originally performed in households and other institutions of the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, indicates that the late medieval period was fully aware of the theatricality of identity.
This book argues that ideas of performance inform the concepts of aristocratic masculinity developed in the plays Nature, Fulgens and Lucres, The Worlde and the Chylde, The Interlude of Youth and Calisto and Melebea. It examines how the depiction of young male aristocrats in these texts is shaped by ideas of male youth constituted in the middle ages, and shows them as failing or succeeding to perform an adult noble masculinity in the aristocratic body and in aristocratic household. The book also suggests ways in which the plays offer discreet praise and censure of the manner in which their noble patrons performed as aristocrats. Throughout, it brings out the subtle qualities of the interludes, which, the author shows, have been unjustly neglected.

Dr FIONA S. DUNLOP is Research Associate of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York

Details

April 2007
152 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781903153215
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
York Medieval Press
BIC AN, 1DB, 2AB
BISAC HIS037010
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Interlude as a Literary Genre
Defining Youth
Young Masculinity and Late Medieval Discourses of Youth
Noble Masculinity in the Interludes
Interludes and the Politics of Youth
Conclusion
Bibliography

Reviews

Tremendously useful. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMANIC PHILOLOGY