Street Scenes: Late Medieval Acting and Performance

Hardcover | March 31, 2009

bySharon Aronson-Lehavi

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Street Scenes offers a theory of late medieval acting and performance through a fresh and original reading of the Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge. The performance theory perspective employed here, along with the examination of actor/character dialectics, paves the way to understanding both religious theatre and the complexity of late medieval theatricalities. Sharon Aronson-Lehavi demonstrates the existence of a late medieval discourse about the double appeal of theatre performance: an artistic medium enacting sacred history while simultaneously referring to the present lives of its creators and spectators.

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Street Scenes offers a theory of late medieval acting and performance through a fresh and original reading of the Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge. The performance theory perspective employed here, along with the examination of actor/character dialectics, paves the way to understanding both religious theatre and the complexity of late medi...

Sharon Aronson-Lehavi is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at the Department of Comparative Literature at Bar Ilan University, Israel. Her writing has appeared in journals such as TRI and Performance Research and she is the editor of Wanderers and Other Israeli Plays (2009).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.9 × 5.67 × 0.74 inPublished:March 31, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230606652

ISBN - 13:9780230606654

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Table of Contents

Actor/Character Dialectics: Theoretical Paradigms and Post-Medieval Attitudes * Games, Theatre, and Performance: The Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge in Context * Concepts of Performance in the Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge * Late Medieval Street Scenes: Performance between Epic and Total Acting Game and Performance: The Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge in Context * Concepts of Performance in the Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge * Street Scenes: Epic Acting, Total Acting, and Performance * A Treatise of Miraclis Playing: A Modern English Version   

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"In this slender but illuminating book, Sharon Aronson-Lehavi applies Bertold Brecht's preferred performance aesthetic, outlined in a famous essay on 'The Street Scene,' to the acting style on display in the Middle English 'street scenes' of the York Corpus Christi cycle and other community-sponsored pageants. This is not a new comparison; V.A. Kolve drew it long ago, as she acknowledges. But Aronson-Lehavi wants to go beyond comparison, to argue that there was an indigenous and sophisticated medieval theory of performance that undergirded contemporary practices and that long predated the theatrical trends of the mid-twentieth century." The Medieval Review "Aronson-Lehavi's argument is rooted in close, contextual reading, of both her primary texts and the historical documents surrounding them. She further contextualizes her argument with references to other late medieval devotional texts, such as The Book of Margery Kempe, and early modern commentaries on medieval drama, such as Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Sidney's An Apology for Poetry . . . Street Scenes: Late Medieval Acting and Performance offers valuable insight for those interested in the performance or the performance theory of late medieval religious drama." - Journal of English and Germanic Philology