The Performance of Middle English Culture

The Performance of Middle English Culture

Essays on Chaucer and the Drama in Honor of Martin Stevens

Edited by James J. Paxson, Lawrence M. Clopper, Sylvia Tomasch





First detailed examination of theatricality in Chaucer and in Middle English literature and culture as a whole.
Theatricality as a cultural process is vitally important in the middle ages; it encompasses not only the thematic importation of dramatic images into the Canterbury Tales, but also the social and ideological `performativities' of the mystery and morality plays, metadramatic investments, and the ludic energies of Chaucerian discourses in general. The twelve essays collected here address for the first time this intersection, using contemporary theory and historical scholarship to treat a number of important critical problems, including the anthropology of theatrical performance; gender; allegory; Chaucerian metapoetics; intertextual play and jouissance; social mediation and rhetoric; genre; and the institutionality of medieval studies. JAMES J. PAXSON is Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida; LAWRENCE M. CLOPPER is Professor of English at Indiana University; SYLVIA TOMASCHis Associate Professor of English at Hunter College, City University of New York. Contributors: KATHLEEN ASHLEY, MARLENE CLARK, RICHARD DANIELS, ALFRED DAVID, RICHARD K. EMMERSON, JOHN GANIM, WARREN GINSBERG, ROBERT W. HANNING, SHARON KRAUS, SETH LERER, WILLIAM MCLELLAN, PAMELA SHEINGORN, PETER W. TRAVIS

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October 1998
6 black and white illustrations
208 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780859915274
Format: Hardback
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Table of Contents

`Introduction'. - James J. Paxson
`Sponsorship, Reflexivity and Resistance: A Cultural Reading of the York Cycle Plays'. - Kathleen M. Ashley
`Eliding the `Medieval': Renaissance `New Historicism' and Sixteenth-Century Cycle Plays'. - Richard K. Emmerson
``Se in what stat thou doyst indwell': The Shifting Constructions of Gender and Power Relations in Wisdom'. - Marlene Clark
``Se in what stat thou doyst indwell''. - Sharon Kraus and Pamela Sheingorn
`The Chaucerian Critique of Medieval Theatricality'. - Seth Lerer
`The Experience of Modernity in Late Medieval Literature'. - John M Ganim
`Noah's Wife's Flood'. - Alfred David
`Textual Pleasure in The Miller's Tale'. - Richard J. Daniels
`Petrarch, Chaucer and the Making of the Clerk'. - Warren Ginsberg
`The Crisis of Mediation in Chaucer's `Troilus and Criseyde''. - Robert W Hanning
`Reading Chaucer `Ab Ovo': Mock-Exemplum in the Nun's Priest's Tale'. - Peter W. Travis
`A Postmodern Performance: Counter-Reading Chaucer's Clerk's Tale and maxine Hong Kingston's No Name Woman'. - William T. McClellan


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