Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Renaissance Medievalisms in Performance

Renaissance Medievalisms in Performance

International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan

May 7-10, 2009

As Chris Brooks suggests, the Renaissance inherited the Middle Ages both as a material presence and as a complex of ideas and feelings—both real and imaginary. This panel seeks papers that examine how Renaissance communities constructed, evaluated, mythologized, or re-imagined the Middle Ages through performance. Although dramatic texts offer us evidence of such cultural work, this panel encourages submissions that identify and analyze "medievalisms" in staging practices, patronage, acting styles, design choices, or other theatrical elements. The session organizer hopes to include work from a range of medieval periods and geographic regions.

The Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society is sponsoring a panel on this topic at the MLA Convention this coming December. Due to the enthusiastic response to that panel's call for papers, the MRDS is sponsoring this second panel on the same theme.

Please submit your one-page abstract and participant information form to Jill Stevenson at jstevenson@mmm.edu no later than September 15, 2008. The participant cover sheet and general information about the Congress are available at: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions.html#PIF

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