IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 113: Holy and Unholy Pleasure in Medieval Theatre and Drama, I

Monday 1 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Société Internationale pour l'Étude du Théâtre Médiéval (SITM) / Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft
Organiser:Cora Dietl, Institut für Germanistik, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen
Moderator/Chair:Cora Dietl, Institut für Germanistik, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen
Paper 113-aMedieval Monasticism and Pleasure: Mary's Chaste Life in the House of God and Its Rewards in The Mary Play from the N-Town Cycle Manuscript
(Language: English)
Tomasz Wiącek, Institute of English Studies, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Performance Arts - Drama, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 113-bDer risus paschalis und die Komik des geistlichen Spiels
(Language: Deutsch)
Markus Kitzberger, Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Performance Arts - Drama, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 113-cHoly Theatre: Forms of Performative Exegesis in Dramatic Representations during the Boy Bishop's Feast
(Language: English)
Tanja Skambraks, Historisches Institut, Universität Mannheim
Index terms: Liturgy, Performance Arts - Drama, Religious Life
Abstract

In the late Middle Ages we can observe various expressions of joy and pleasure in religious plays and festivals, especially within the most sacred scenes of these presentations. Heavenly bliss and earthly pleasure often form a remarkable union. The papers enquire about possible philosophical and theological backgrounds and the performance qualities of these heavenly (and physical) delights that are both depicted in the acting figures and provoked in the audience resp. the festival community of English and German religious plays or semi-dramatic festivities.