IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1013: Staging Miracles, Singing Karols, and Celestial Joy

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Medieval English Theatre / Records of Early English Drama
Organiser:Philip Butterworth, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Katie Normington, Department of Drama & Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London
Paper 1013-aStaging the Miracles: Towards Mechanics of Culture
(Language: English)
Piotr Morawski, Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Index terms: Performance Arts - General, Performance Arts - Drama, Technology
Paper 1013-b'Daunces, karols, somour games, of many swych come many shames'
(Language: English)
Frances Eustace, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol
Index terms: Folk Studies, Music, Performance Arts - Dance, Social History
Paper 1013-cFelt in the Blood, and Felt along the Heart [...] Feelings [...] of Unremembered Pleasure: Celestial Joy in the York Cycle
(Language: English)
Margaret Rogerson, Department of English, University of Sydney
Index terms: Music, Performance Arts - General, Performance Arts - Drama, Religious Life

The session opens with Piotr Morawski’s paper which argues that medieval culture is based on mechanics and not texts. Many examples from medieval theatre emanate from stage tricks and not texts. Celebrations involving carols were not purely sung at Christmas and the paper from Frances Eustace examines popular topoi and versions of a midsummer carol. Margaret Rogerson’s paper focuses on plays from the York Cycle in order to examine ‘unremembered pleasure’. She argues that sacred music was used to convey joy to medieval audiences through the sense of hearing. Celestial joy is highlighted by representation of its opposite, ‘bittir bale’.