Performing Women: Gender, Self, and Representation in Late Medieval Metz - Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture (Hardback)
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Performing Women: Gender, Self, and Representation in Late Medieval Metz - Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 03/09/2018
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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.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526106407
Number of pages: 280
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'We need both a deeper examination of theater archives in their local and temporal specificities and a more capacious notion of what constituted performance in medieval settings. That is precisely what we get in Susannah Crowder's brilliant and utterly readable new book, Performing Women...Crowder paints a remarkable picture of medieval performing women, who were able to write themselves into community and memory through "the cultivation of material and embodied practice" ...Crowder's achievement in this inspiring and pioneering book is to have placed women back in the spotlight, showing how they "contributed to their worlds in critical ways that often go unseen".'
H-France Review

'...a brilliant and utterly readable new book...'
Noah D. Guynn, University of California, Davis, H-France Review

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