Dramatizing the Cell

in Reading in the Wilderness

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226071329
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226071343 | DOI:
Dramatizing the Cell

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This chapter explores the animation of Additional 37049's dramatic texts and images in the mind of its monastic reader, explaining that some monastic manuscripts give evidence of the range of performative uses to which they were put and demonstrate the fluidity of the dramatic genre in the late Middle Ages. It also examines the connections between solitary reading and the actual theatrical practices of the medieval stage by placing Additional 37049 within a range of dramatic manuscripts designed for private consumption.

Keywords: dramatic texts; Additional 37049; performative uses; dramatic genre; Middle Ages; solitary reading; theatrical practices

Chapter.  11541 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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