By Donnalee Dox
Via well-informed and nuanced readings of key files from the fourth via fourteenth centuries, this ebook demanding situations historians' long-held ideals approximately how strategies of Greco-Roman theater survived the autumn of Rome and the center a long time, and contributed to the dramatic triumphs of the Renaissance. Dox's paintings is an important contribution to the background of principles that would switch perpetually the normal narrative of the start and improvement of theatrical job in medieval Europe. ---Margaret Knapp, Arizona nation University"...an elegantly concise survey of how classical notions of theater were interpreted within the Latin heart a long time. Dox convincingly demonstrates that faraway from there being a unmarried 'medieval' angle in the direction of theater, there has been in truth a lot debate approximately how theater can be understood to operate inside Christian culture, even within the so-called 'dark a long time' of Western tradition. This publication makes an cutting edge contribution to reviews of the background of the theater, obvious when it comes to the historical past of principles, instead of of practice."---Constant Mews, Director, Centre for the research of faith & Theology, collage of Monash, Australia"In the centuries among St. Augustine and Bartholomew of Bruges, Christian proposal steadily moved from a brusque rejection of classical theater to a gradually nuanced and confident evaluate of its worth. during this lucidly written learn, Donnalee Dox provides an enormous side to our knowing of the Christian response to, and version of, classical tradition within the centuries among the Church Fathers and the rediscovery of Aristotle."---Philipp W. Rosemann, college of DallasThis e-book considers medieval texts that care for historic theater as records of Latin Christianity's highbrow historical past. As an workout in medieval historiography, this research additionally examines biases in smooth scholarship that search hyperlinks among those texts and function practices. the hassle to carry those texts jointly and position them of their highbrow contexts finds a way more nuanced and contested discourse on Greco-Roman theater and medieval theatrical perform than has been said. The e-book is prepared chronologically and indicates the medieval foundations for the Early sleek integration of dramatic thought and theatrical performance.The concept of the Theater in Latin Christian inspiration could be of curiosity to theater historians, highbrow historians, and those that paintings on issues of touch among the ecu center a while and Renaissance. The large diversity of records mentioned (liturgical treatises, scholastic commentaries, philosophical tracts, and letters spanning many centuries) renders person chapters helpful to philosophers, aestheticians, and liturgists in addition to to historians and historiographers. For theater historians, this learn deals another studying of standard texts which could modify our knowing of the emergence of dramatic and theatrical traditions within the West. simply because theater is never regarded as an element of highbrow initiatives within the heart a while, this research opens a brand new subject within the writing of medieval highbrow heritage.