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Gesture in Medieval Drama and Art

Edited by Clifford Davidson

Gesture in Medieval Drama and Art
Hardback, 284 pages £31.50
Published: 2001
ISBN: 9781580440288
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Subjects: Art & Art History, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: Early Drama, Art, and Music, Early Drama, Art, and Music Monograph

Gesture and movement on stage in early drama have previously received very little attention in scholarship. The present collection of essays is the first book to present sensible, penetrating, and wide-ranging discussions of the gestural effects that were integral to the early stage. In addition to consideration of the influence of classical rhetoric and reference to medieval texts and documents, the essays carefully bring to bear evidence from the art of the period and hence will be of great importance for those interested in the visual arts as well as the theater; eschewing both the naive methodologies promoted in past criticism and ephemeral theoretical concerns, the book is truly ground-breaking. These essays will need to be perused by every serious theater historian or student of art concerned with the late Middle Ages.

Illustrations Preface Of Miming and Signing: The Dramatic Rhetoric of Gesture by Jody Enders Gesture and Characterization in the Liturgical Drama by Dunbar H. Ogden Offering the Forbidden Fruit in MS. Junius 11 by Janet Schrunk Ericksen Gesture in Medieval British Drama by Clifford Davidson Gestures of Greeting: Annunciations, Sacred and Secular by Barbara D. Palmer The Body in Motion in the York Adam and Eve in Eden by Natalie Crohn Schmitt Gesture and Audience: The Passion and Duccio's Maesta by Beth A. Mulvaney Body Language in Jeu de Robin et Marion: The Aix Witness by Jesse Hurlbut Index

Clifford Davidson is professor emeritus of English and Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 284 pages

BIC Code:
  ART015070, PER011020
 Medieval Institute Publications


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