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Author Crowder, Susannah, author

Title Performing women : gender, self, and representation in late medieval Metz / Susannah Crowder
Published Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2018


Description 1 online resource (x, 263 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Manchester medieval literature and culture ; 22
Manchester medieval literature and culture ; 22.
Contents Acting as Catherine: writing the history of female performers -- 'I, Catherine': biography, documentary culture, and public presence -- Performance and the parish: space, memory, and material devotion -- Negotiated devotions and performed histories: laywomen in monastic spaces -- 'Call me Claude': female actors, impersonation, and cultural transmission
Summary This book takes on a key problem in the history of drama: the 'exceptional' staging of the life of Catherine of Siena by a female actor and a female patron in 1468 Metz. Exploring the lives and performances of these previously anonymous women, the book brings the elusive figure of the female performer to centre stage. It integrates new approaches to drama, gender and patronage with a performance methodology to explore how the women of fifteenth-century Metz enacted varied kinds of performance that extended beyond the theatre. For example, decades before the 1468 play, Joan of Arc returned from the grave in the form of an impersonator named Claude. Offering a new paradigm of female performance that positions women at the core of public culture, Performing women is essential reading for scholars of pre-modern women and drama, and is also relevant to lecturers and students of late-medieval performance, religion and memory
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 232-256) and index
Notes In English
Description based on print version record
Subject Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380 -- In literature
Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380 -- In literature
Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380
Actresses -- France -- Metz -- History
Drama -- 15th and 16th centuries -- History and criticism
PERFORMING ARTS -- Theater -- General.
France -- Metz
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781526127242