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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 109: Border Crossings in Medieval and Renaissance Drama

Monday 6 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Medieval & Renaissance Drama Society
Organisers:Jenna McKellips, Department of English University of Toronto
Matthew Sergi, Department of English, University of Toronto, Downtown
Moderator/Chair:Jenna McKellips, Department of English University of Toronto
Paper 109-aPlaying with Ecclesiastical Court Procedure in Thomas Chaundler's Libellus de laudibus duarum civitatum
(Language: English)
Elza C. Tiner, Department of English / Department of Latin, Lynchburg College, Virginia
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Law, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 109-bBoundaries of Geography and Periodisation in the Croxton Play of the Sacrament
(Language: English)
Alexandra Atiya, Centre for Medieval Studies University of Toronto
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 109-cWithin the Borders of Life and Death: Shakespeare's Refugees
(Language: English)
Murat Öğütcü, Department of English Language & Literature, Munzur University, Tunceli
Index terms: Performance Arts - Drama, Political Thought

This panel explores theater's relationship with socially established borders by presenting papers about crossing boundaries within medieval and Renaissance drama. Dr. Tiner inspects a medieval theatrical clash between two English towns, where the towns' likeness to two Italian cities muddles geopolitical borders. Ms. Atiya considers temporal and geographic borders, investigating a medieval English play's attribution to a 17th-century Spanish playwright. Dr. Öğütcü discusses Shakespeare's rejection of Elizabethan dichotomies between refugee and local populations. Together, these papers analyze early European attitudes towards geographic 'others' and show that constructed boundaries of self and other can be transgressed through the medium of drama.