Performing Medieval Text

Pauline Souleau* (Editor), Henry Hope* (Editor), Ardis Butterfield* (Editor)

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology


Texts of different kinds grant insight into the rich cultural canvas of the Middle Ages: epic poetry, vernacular lyric, and music; liturgical rites and ceremonial manuals; manuscripts, illuminations, modern adaptations and editions, and many more. Adopting a range of disciplinary perspectives—literary studies, liturgical studies, and musicology—this collection of essays reveals the two-fold performative nature of such texts: they document, mediate, or prefigure acts of performance, while at the same time taking on performative roles themselves by generating additional layers of meaning. Focussing on acts, authors, and performative processes of reception, the contributors demonstrate the significance of the performative to the culture and study of the High and Late Middle Ages (c.1000–1500), from troubadour songs and Minnesang to motets, from the biblical figure of Job to Christine de Pizan and Dante, from Scandinavia to Béarn and Imperial Augsburg.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages230
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-781883-79-2 (JSTOR ebook)
ISBN (Print)978-1-910887-13-4 (hardback), 978-1-781883-78-5 (paperback, 9 August 2019)
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventPerforming Medieval Text: An Interdisciplinary Conference - Merton College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 May 201311 May 2013

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