By Donnalee Dox
Via well-informed and nuanced readings of key records from the fourth via fourteenth centuries, this e-book demanding situations historians' long-held ideals approximately how thoughts of Greco-Roman theater survived the autumn of Rome and the center a while, and contributed to the dramatic triumphs of the Renaissance. Dox's paintings is an important contribution to the historical past of rules that may switch eternally the normal narrative of the start and improvement of theatrical job in medieval Europe. ---Margaret Knapp, Arizona kingdom University"...an elegantly concise survey of ways 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 should be understood to operate inside Christian culture, even within the so-called 'dark a while' of Western tradition. This ebook makes an cutting edge contribution to stories of the heritage of the theater, visible when it comes to the heritage of rules, instead of of practice."---Constant Mews, Director, Centre for the learn of faith & Theology, college of Monash, Australia"In the centuries among St. Augustine and Bartholomew of Bruges, Christian notion progressively moved from a brusque rejection of classical theater to a gradually nuanced and confident evaluate of its price. during this lucidly written examine, Donnalee Dox provides a tremendous side to our realizing of the Christian response to, and variation of, classical tradition within the centuries among the Church Fathers and the rediscovery of Aristotle."---Philipp W. Rosemann, collage of DallasThis e-book considers medieval texts that care for historic theater as files of Latin Christianity's highbrow background. 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 convey 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 ebook is prepared chronologically and indicates the medieval foundations for the Early smooth integration of dramatic idea and theatrical performance.The concept of the Theater in Latin Christian inspiration can be of curiosity to theater historians, highbrow historians, and people who paintings on issues of touch among the eu center a while and Renaissance. The wide diversity of files 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 bargains an alternate interpreting of customary texts that could regulate our realizing of the emergence of dramatic and theatrical traditions within the West. simply because theater is never regarded as an element of highbrow tasks within the heart a while, this learn opens a brand new subject within the writing of medieval highbrow background.