Death by drama and other medieval urban legends (Book, 2002) []
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Death by drama and other medieval urban legends

Death by drama and other medieval urban legends

Author: Jody Enders
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Part of every legend is true. Or so argues Jody Enders in this fascinating look at early French drama and the way it compels us to consider where the stage ends and where real life begins. This ambitious and bracing study explores fourteen tales of the theater that are at turns dark and dangerous, sexy and scandalous, humorous and frightening - stories that are nurtured by the confusion between truth and fiction,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Enders, Jody, 1955-
Death by drama and other medieval urban legends.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2002
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jody Enders
ISBN: 0226207870 9780226207872 0226207889 9780226207889
OCLC Number: 49421609
Description: xxx, 324 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : medieval urban legends? --
pt. 1. Telling the difference. Lusting after saints --
Queer attractions --
Of madness and method acting --
Two priests and the hand of God --
Dying to play --
The Eel of Melun --
The devil who wasn't there --
pt. 2. Make-believe. The laughter of the children --
Burnt theatrical offerings --
Theater's living dead --
The mysterious quarry --
Seeing is believing --
The suicide of despair --
Death by drama --
Epilogue : the moment of truth --
Appendix : original documents in french and latin.
Responsibility: Jody Enders.
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