9780230103191

Performance, Cognitive Theory, and Devotional Culture Sensual Piety in Late Medieval York

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230103191

  • ISBN10:

    0230103197

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-05-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

This innovative work uses cognitive theory to explore the layperson's physical encounter with live religious performances in late medieval York. By revealing the remarkable resonance between cognitive science and medieval visual theories, Stevenson demonstrates how understanding medieval culture can enrich the study of performance generally.

Author Biography

Jill Stevenson is Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College. She has published articles in Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief and Theatre Topics, and in collections on medieval culture and performance.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Devotional Modes of Becoming in Late Medieval York * Performance Literacy: Theorizing Medieval Devotional Seeing * Material Devotion: Objects as Performance Events * Claiming Devotional Space * Devotion and Conceptual Blending * Pious Body Rhythms * Empathy, Entrainment, and Devotional Instability * Coda: Medieval Sensual Piety and A Few Twenty-first-Century Religious Rhythms

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