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Representations of the Body in Middle English Biblical Drama

Authors: Ciobanu, Estella

  • Focuses on Middle English biblical drama
  • Considers onstage performance as well as performativity and identity more broadly
  • Provides socio-political and cultural insights on the medieval period
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About this book

Representations of the Body in Middle English Biblical Drama combines epistemological enquiry, gender theory and Foucauldian concepts to investigate the body as a useful site for studying power, knowledge and truth. Intertwining the conceptualizations of violence and the performativity of gender identity and roles, Estella Ciobanu argues that studying violence in drama affords insights into the cultural and social aspects of the later Middle Ages. The text investigates these biblical plays through the perspective of the devil and offers a unique lens that exposes medieval disquiets about Christian teachings and the discourse of power. Through detailed primary source analysis and multidisciplinary scholarship, Ciobanu constructs a text that interrogates the significance of performance far beyond the stage.

About the authors

Estella Ciobanu is Associate Professor of English at Ovidius University of Constanţa, Romania. Her academic interests include iconization studies and gendered representations of the body in anatomo-medical practices and the arts. She has authored The Spectacle of the Body in Late Medieval England (2012) and The Body Spectacular in Middle English Theatre (2013).


Reviews

“Ciobanu makes a bold attempt to look at the scriptural narrative, as presented in the mystery plays, from the point of view of the devil; the reader is challenged to consider familiar material in a new light … engaging and well-written.” (Elisabeth Dutton, Professor of Medieval English at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Demonic/-ised Subaltern’s In-sight

    Ciobanu, Estella

    Pages 1-39

  • The Slaughter of the Innocent(s): The Meek, the Muted and the Discursive Spear of Power

    Ciobanu, Estella

    Pages 43-75

  • The Tyrant Is Dead: Long Live the Tyrant!

    Ciobanu, Estella

    Pages 77-123

  • The Body in Pieces: Judicial Torture and/as Musical Dismemberment in the Passion Plays

    Ciobanu, Estella

    Pages 125-188

  • Commemorations of Christ’s Passion Body: Ostentatio Vulnerum, Redemptive Theology and Violence of Representation in the Post-Crucifixion Plays

    Ciobanu, Estella

    Pages 189-232

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Hardcover 77,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Representations of the Body in Middle English Biblical Drama
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90918-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90918-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90917-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 337
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