IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 804: Comic Drama on the European Continent: A Cross-Cultural Exploration

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Medieval & Renaissance Drama Society
Organiser:Mandy Lowell, Medieval Studies Program, Cornell University
Moderator/Chair:Mandy Lowell, Medieval Studies Program, Cornell University
Paper 804-aA Comic Catechism?: Staging the Prodigal Son in 15th-Century Florence
(Language: English)
Pietro Delcorno, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen / Graduiertenkolleg 'Materialität und Produktion' (GRK 1678), Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Education, Lay Piety, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 804-bReluctant Laughter: Comedy in Very Serious Plays
(Language: English)
Elsa G. C. Strietman, Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Dutch, Performance Arts - Drama
Abstract

In the last few decades, scholars of medieval English drama have pushed for medieval plays to be studied as what they really are: as theatre and entertainment, to be performed in front of an audience rather than read quietly in solitude. There is no reason to not also apply this standard to their less-studied cousins, the plays of continental Europe. To launch one such discussion, this session will examine comedy and comedic technique in continental theatre, both secular and religious, in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. We will explore comedy not only as entertainment, but as education, propaganda, celebration, and even as a coping mechanism.