IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1228: Performers, Spectators, and Ethics

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Medieval English Theatre / Records of Early English Drama
Organiser:Philip Butterworth, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Pamela M. King, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol
Paper 1228-aSpectatorial Risk, Metatheatre, and Zombies
(Language: English)
Nadia Thérèse van Pelt, Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton
Index terms: Performance Arts - General, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 1228-bSpectatorship, Bruce Forsyth, and the Tudor Interlude
(Language: English)
Greg Walker, Department of English Literature, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Performance Arts - General, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 1228-cThe Ethics of Medieval Spectatorship
(Language: English)
John J. McGavin, School of Humanities, University of Southampton
Index terms: Performance Arts - General, Performance Arts - Drama
Abstract

Nadia van Pelt considers the kinds of risk involved in performer/spectator relationships and the nature of the metatheatrical experience for the spectator. Greg Walker examines the interplay between spectators and performers in early Tudor interludes in the light of recent work on cognitive science and drama. John McGavin investigates the distinction between ‘looking at’ something and ‘seeing’ something. He regards ‘looking’ at something as a kind of action and probes available recorded evidence to identify the extent to which medieval spectatorship might be considered as an ethical act.