Performing Medieval Text

Edited by Ardis Butterfield, Henry Hope and Pauline Souleau

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

1 November 2017  •  230pp

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Texts of different kinds grant insight into the rich cultural canvas of the Middle Ages: epic poetry, vernacular lyric, and music; liturgical rites and ceremonial manuals; manuscripts, illuminations, modern adaptations and editions, and many more. Adopting a range of disciplinary perspectives—literary studies, liturgical studies, and musicology—this collection of essays reveals the two-fold performative nature of such texts: they document, mediate, or prefigure acts of performance, while at the same time taking on performative roles themselves by generating additional layers of meaning. Focussing on acts, authors, and performative processes of reception, the contributors demonstrate the significance of the performative to the culture and study of the High and Late Middle Ages (c.1000–1500), from troubadour songs and Minnesang to motets, from the biblical figure of Job to Christine de Pizan and Dante, from Scandinavia to Béarn and Imperial Augsburg.

Henry Hope (Music) and Pauline Souleau (French) are early-career researchers at the universities of Bern and Oxford; with Ardis Butterfield (John M. Schiff Professor of English, Professor of French and Music at Yale University) they share an interest in transcending linguistic, national, generic, and disciplinary borders in the study of medieval texts.

Reviews:

  • ‘Collectively, these studies effectively demonstrate the necessity for, and advantage of, an understanding of performance that transcends traditional academic boundaries and the volume, overall, serves as a solid exemplar of how to approach doing so.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 55.2, April 2019, 248 (full text online)
  • ‘An ambitious and wide-ranging exploration of performance in medieval European culture. Recognizing the ‘complex terminological web’ spun round the terms performance and performativity, the volume acknowledges and accepts performance as a ‘contested concept’. It also, importantly, recognizes the historical contingency of performance as an idea... The contributing essays illustrate both the ubiquity of performance in medieval culture and the very different ways it manifests in and through text, itself broadly conceived as manuscript, image, written word, and musical note.’ — Clare Wright, Modern Language Review 114.3, July 2019, 525-526 (full text online)
  • ‘This thought-filled and thought-provoking volume offers a polyphony of perspectives on, and examples of, medieval performance.’ — Blake Gutt, French Studies 73.4, October 2019, 622-23 (full text online)

Contents:

i-vi
Performing Medieval Text: Performing Medieval Text
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-ix
Acknowledgements
H.H., P.S.
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x-x
List of Illustrations
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xi-xi
List of Tables
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xii-xii
Abbreviations
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1-10
Introduction: Performing Medieval Text
Henry Hope, Pauline Souleau
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11-19
Chapter 1 Performing Manuscripts
Elizabeth Eva Leach
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20-38
Chapter 2 Why Job Was Not A Musician: Patron Saints of Music and Musicians in the Middle Ages
Franz Körndle
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39-52
Chapter 3 Giving Voice To Samson and Delilah: Troubadour and Monastic Songs of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries
Catherine Léglu
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53-69
Chapter 4 Tíð, Tíðindi: Skaldic Verse As Performance Event
Annemari Ferreira
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70-78
Chapter 5 the Austinian Performative Utterance and the Thomistic Doctrine of the Sacraments
Matthew Cheung Salisbury
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79-88
Chapter 6 Dante’s Purgatory and Liturgical Performance
Jennifer Rushworth
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89-107
Chapter 7 Ambiguous Author Portraits in Christine De Pizan’s Compilation Manuscript, British Library, Harley Ms 4431
Charlotte E. Cooper
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108-121
Chapter 8 Performing Self and (self-)representations: Froissart’s Identities in Le Voyage En Béarn and in Alexandre Dumas’s Novels
Pauline Souleau
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122-135
Chapter 9 ‘Advenisti Desiderabilis’: Emperor Charles V As the Saviour of True Faith
Moritz Kelber
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136-151
Chapter 10 Monophonic Song in Motets: Performing Quoted Material and Performing Quotation
Matthew P. Thomson
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152-175
Chapter 11 Performing Minnesang: Editing ‘Loybere Risen’
Henry Hope
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176-180
Afterword Performing Medieval Text
Ardis Butterfield
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181-207
Bibliography
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208-208
Index of First Lines
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209-218
Subject Index
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Bibliography entry:

Butterfield, Ardis, Henry Hope, and Pauline Souleau (eds), Performing Medieval Text (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017)

First footnote reference: 35 Performing Medieval Text, ed. by Ardis Butterfield, Henry Hope and Pauline Souleau (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Butterfield, Hope, and Souleau, p. 47.

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Butterfield, Ardis, Henry Hope, and Pauline Souleau (eds). 2017. Performing Medieval Text (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Butterfield, Hope, and Souleau 2017: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Butterfield, Hope, and Souleau 2017: 21.

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