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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (3): 453–473.
Published: 01 September 2021
..., Lincolnshire at Ashby Heath. In these instances, perambulators used the occasion of the public recognition of property boundaries as an opportunity to stage a complaint in an act of “performative law.” The complainants asserted their rights and liberties by means of a theatrical form that invited participants...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (2): 373–400.
Published: 01 May 2010
... in a literary text, and language as a system and its relation to performative speech acts. Considering the prevalence of oaths in Shakespeare's texts, the first part argues that the perfomative requirements of this speech act demand a minimal conception of literary character as an entity that can perform...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (3): 497–507.
Published: 01 September 2021
... © 2021 by Duke University Press 2021 early modern drama play scripts theatrical embodiment acting and performance dramatic action What does it mean to think about embodiment without bodies? As a mode of narrative representation-in-dialogue, Western scripted drama (like fiction, epic...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (1): 71–98.
Published: 01 January 2013
.... Indeed, analyses of the Kristevan abject have overlooked its inherent performativity, specifically its dependence on both sensory perception and on acts of veiling and unveiling. Thus the theater — specifically the convention of the curtained discovery space as the locus for staging the “obscene...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (2): 303–334.
Published: 01 May 2013
..., William of Ockham, and John Buridan destabilized the connection between habit and virtue.19 Although good acts remained laudable, they said nothing about the agent’s resident virtues. If inward virtue is a gift of God’s grace, independent of human effort, then the repeated performance of favored...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (2): 315–337.
Published: 01 May 2016
... those acts, the Croxton play provides critical distance on the very performance it enacts. Ultimately, it replaces the Passion play with, and judges it inferior to, a more decorous and authoritative processional ritual. Moreover, in presenting a Christian merchant as the catalyst for the Jews' actions...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (1): 119–147.
Published: 01 January 2010
... to a more specific event, James’s censure of the Geneva Bible, an act that rein- forced the profound imbrication of biblical interpretation and the machinery of the state. In the first months of his reign, and some eleven months before the court performance of Measure for Measure, James announced...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (3): 477–486.
Published: 01 September 2021
...? At the outset of his entry, facing the Londinium Arch, James paused. In addition to public royal display, James's pause before the arch was its own form of cultural performance: “the potential to act,” a performative power “neither fully in the past nor fully in the future.” 18 And then, even before Alleyn...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (1): 25–48.
Published: 01 January 2013
... began. Basic to all the other kinds of space is performance space, the space of the platform stage. The History of King Henry the Fourth was printed in 1598, so the first production was likely acted at The Theater in 1597 or at the Curtain Theater in 1598. Foundations of The Theater have just been...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (2): 335–367.
Published: 01 May 2013
... through (but does not work out) the connections between sacramental and satanic ritual at the level of the material book. Marlowe shows from first to last how the books Faustus reads, the language he speaks, and the bodily acts he performs all relate to the sacramental rituals he purportedly...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (3): 387–395.
Published: 01 September 2021
... When the field of performance studies first emerged, it borrowed from older disciplines, like the social anthropology of Victor Turner and speech act theory of J. L. Austin, to propose something entirely new—that scholars decenter the written word and focus instead on the embodied actions that also...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (3): 577–585.
Published: 01 September 2021
... could be bounded in a nutshell and account myself a king of infinite space”). He insists on distinguishing between a player's private recital (“I heard thee speak me speech once”) and its public performance (“but it was never acted”), and prefers the sort of play “that pleased not the million.” He also...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (3): 431–451.
Published: 01 September 2021
... of anticipation for print readers to do the same. By reiterating Salem's act of judgment, moreover, readers can understand their own acts specifically as public performances of political speech. Tellingly, St. German's final response to More makes no mention of his rival at all. The Addicions of Salem...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (3): 509–531.
Published: 01 September 2021
... the mountebank's act as weak theatrical mimesis: the physician James Hart of Northampton deems mountebanks a “sort of counterfeit Physitians” who “bewitch[]” their patient-audiences with “maskes and vizards, shewes and shadowes without any substance.” 23 Characterizing the mountebank's performance as purely...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2008) 38 (2): 253–283.
Published: 01 May 2008
... actions of penance was most problematic. Medieval penance required penitents to feel sorrow for their sins, confess their sins to a priest, and perform acts of restitution to God, Church, and neighbor. It thus entailed both inner acts of contrition and outer acts of confession and satisfaction...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (1): 49–70.
Published: 01 January 2013
..., it offers pos- sibilities as to how representational space should or could be envisioned and thus how performance space should or could be transformed. If drama is performative, imaginative space is the interpolative effect of its speech-­act. In this way, imaginative space is a sort of subjunctive...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (1): 145–172.
Published: 01 January 2013
...Julia Reinhard Lupton This essay uses the concept of affordances, borrowed from design theory and environmental psychology, in order to map the use of space in act 1, scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet . Hospitality provides a socio-symbolic script for objects and persons in action that crosses theatrical...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (1): 65–88.
Published: 01 January 2010
... supporte pas le scepticisme. — Paul Valéry All hid, all hid; an old infant play. — Love’s Labour’s Lost In the third act of Hamlet, as the Danish court is assembling to watch a visit- ing troupe perform “The Murder of Gonzago,” Hamlet turns from sparring with the king to quiz Polonius about his...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2000) 30 (2): 309–338.
Published: 01 May 2000
... see, oftentimes similar to other performative utter- ances.13 In Austinian terms, what witches said (the locutionary act of mean- ing production) was not all that important; it was the power of the utterance to affect their interlocutors (the perlocutionary act ) that could be a matter of life...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 January 2013
... spatially, as when we say “in act 2, scene 1 of Othello.” The exception to this observation would be when we have stripped the play of its performance space and virtualized it by encoding it onto a DVD or into a website with a time slider control. The early modern plot is another example...