IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 709: Scottish Drama and Ceremonial, I: Issues of Genre

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Records of Early Drama: Scotland
Organiser:John J. McGavin, Centre for Antiquity & the Middle Ages, University of Southampton
Moderator/Chair:Eila Williamson, Department of Celtic & Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh
Paper 709-aMasking and Politics: The Alison Craik Episode, Edinburgh, 1561
(Language: English)
Sarah Carpenter, Department of English Literature, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 709-bTheatricality, Textuality and Dissent
(Language: English)
John J. McGavin, Centre for Antiquity & the Middle Ages, University of Southampton
Index terms: Performance Arts - Drama
Abstract

This session approaches late-medieval and early-modern Scottish theatricality from the viewpoint of genre. The first paper examines the complex of attitudes and cultural tensions aroused by the paradramatic game of masking, and explores a particular incident in terms of traditions of courtly masked visiting, and contemporary politics. The second paper, which uses chronicle, such as Bower’s Scotichronicon, memoir and record, explores textual accounts of theatrical dissent and considers how such witnesses control our understanding of paradramatic theatricality. The third paper, looking particularly at the Scottish comic traditions employed by Lindsay, will show how and why the genre of Lindsay’s Satyre was altered in its editing for Bannatyne’s compilatio manuscript.