IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1513: Performing Beauty: Playing and Staging Perfection

Thursday 4 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society
Organiser:Mario B. Longtin, Department of French Studies, University of Western Ontario
Moderator/Chair:Mario B. Longtin, Department of French Studies, University of Western Ontario
Paper 1513-aStaging Beauty in the Nativities of Medieval England and Castile
(Language: English)
Vicente Chacón Carmona, Departmento de Literatura Inglesa y Norteamericana, Universidad de Sevilla
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 1513-bSinfulness, Sanctity, and Bodily Transgressions: Representations of Disability and Impairment in Late Medieval Drama
(Language: English)
Helen Frances Smith, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 1513-c'Is this the face that launched a thousand ships?' (Or This? Or This?): The Beauty of Helen in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus
(Language: English)
Joe Stephenson, Department of English, Abilene Christian University, Texas
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Performance Arts - Drama
Abstract

The session will address the strategies deployed by early dramatists in order to make beauty apparent to the spectators. Is beauty suggested by versification, by an aesthetic distance, by telling the spectators that what they are seeing is beautiful, or by a technical device making beauty come alive?