IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1119: From Ovid to the Rederijkers: Power and Authority in Early Dutch Drama

Wednesday 16 July 2003, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Mary Maxine Browne, Purdue University
Moderator/Chair:Elsa G. C. Strietman, Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge
Paper 1119-aAmorous Plays in the Low Countries (1475-1625): Power and Authority in Matters of Love
(Language: English)
Anna van Herk, Afdeling Neerlandistiek, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Mentalities, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 1119-bHeretics on Stage: The Dutch Rhetoricians and the Radical Reformation
(Language: English)
Johan Koppenol, Opleiding Nederlandse taal en cultuur, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Performance Arts - Drama, Political Thought, Religious Life
Paper 1119-cPower Games: The Interaction between Town Authorities and Rhetoricians
(Language: English)
Elsa G. C. Strietman, Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Literacy and Orality, Mentalities, Performance Arts - Drama
Abstract

The Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society has in recent years taken a great interest in the history and development of early Dutch drama. This session will explore the conference theme of ‘Power and Authority’ as it applies to early dramatic expressions of romantic, reformation, and biblical plays in the late Middle Ages in the Low Countries. Late medieval Dutch drama incorporated themes from Ovid and other classical writers in romantic plays; the Rederijkers boldly performed anti-Catholic drama that earned them the dangerous status of heretics. Underlaying these developments, the Latin church lost its hold on the performance of biblical narrative to the development of vernacular dramatic works. These three discussions will provide a rich and provocative microcosmic study of the huge cultural shifts animating not only late medieval Dutch drama, but life in the Low Countries as a whole.