IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1605: Medieval Drama in Eastern Europe

Thursday 17 July 2003, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Medieval/Renaissance Drama Society
Organiser:Rob Sulewski, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan
Moderator/Chair:Rob Sulewski, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan
Paper 1605-aScatological Antisemitism in the Czech Mastickar and the German 'Fastnachtspiel'-Tradition
(Language: English)
Martin W. Walsh, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures University of Michigan
Index terms: Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 1605-bCharacterization Changes Between Two Versions of a Polish Resurrection Play
(Language: English)
Rob Sulewski, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan
Index terms: Performance Arts - Drama
Abstract

This session examines influences on medieval drama, especially that dealing with the theme of death and resurrection, in Eastern Europe. Dr. Balasa’s paper reviews several forms of Romanian folk theatre, particularly as they are influenced by the Persian tazieh or medieval performance of exemplary martyrdoms. Dr. Walsh examines links between the German Fastnachtspiel tradition and a medieval Czech play of the familiar spice merchant sequence drawn from the well-known episode in Resurrection plays. Dr. Sulewski traces the evolution of characterization between two versions of a Resurrection play in Poland, particularly in response to political changes at the time.