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211. Performativity versus Theatricality

Friday, 6 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Seneca, Sheraton

Program arranged by the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society

Presiding: Robert L. A. Clark, Kansas State Univ.

Speakers: Garrett P. J. Epp, Univ. of Alberta; Mario Longtin, Univ. of Western Ontario; Ineke Murakami, Univ. at Albany, State Univ. of New York; Jefferey H. Taylor, Metropolitan State Coll. of Denver

Session Description:

Performativity has become a key concept in literary studies of the medieval and early modern periods, but its relationship to the theater is ill defined. This roundtable brings together specialists of French and English medieval and early modern theater to examine the application of these critical terms to early drama. Aspects to be discussed include rhetoric, tensions about feigning or counterfeiting of the self, anthropological considerations, and queer performativity.


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Drama

  • Comparative Literature – Medieval and Renaissance

  • British Literature – General

  • French Literature – Medieval and Renaissance

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