Performing Medieval Narrative

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Evelyn Birge Vitz, Nancy Freeman Regalado, Marilyn Lawrence
DS Brewer, 2005 - 261 pages
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Broad and wide-ranging survey of and investigation into the important question of whether medieval narrative was designed for performance.

This book provides the first comprehensive study of the performance of medieval narrative, using examples from England and the Continent and a variety of genres to examine the crucial question of whether - and how - medieval narratives were indeed intended for performance. Moving beyond the familiar dichotomy between oral and written literature, the various contributions emphasize the range and power of medieval performance traditions, and demonstrate thatknowledge of the modes and means of performance is crucial for appreciating medieval narratives.
The book is divided into four main parts, with each essay engaging with a specific issue or work, relating it to larger questions about performance. It first focuses on representations of the art of medieval performers of narrative. It then examines relationships between narrative performances and the material books that inspired, recorded, or representedthem. The next section studies performance features inscribed in texts and the significance of considering performability. The volume concludes with contributions by present-day professional performers who bring medieval narratives to life for contemporary audiences. Topics covered include orality, performance, storytelling, music, drama, the material book, public reading, and court life.


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About the author (2005)

Evelyn Birge Vitz is Professor of French and Affiliated Professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies at New York University, USA.

Nancy Freeman Regalado is Professor of French at New York University, USA.

Marilyn Lawrence is a Visiting Scholar of the French Department at New York University, USA.

John Ahern won the People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year 2015 award with his title On the Road... With Kids.

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