Sacred staging: Dramatic magic in the medieval mass

Show simple item record Bloomfield, Eleanor en 2019-05-28T00:46:33Z en 2018 en
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dc.description.abstract This essay explores the dramatic elements of the medieval Mass, examining how this ritual functioned as a staged performance deliberately intended to provoke a response in its congregation, which, in dramatic terms, can be considered as its audience. An ongoing concern throughout the Middle Ages was the involvement of the (primarily English-speaking) congregation in the (Latin) prayers and action of the Mass, as well as how the congregation’s response to the mass might be shaped. In this essay, I investigate how the actions of the priest performing the Mass might be seen to have clear parallels with the performance of an actor, just as the Mass itself parallels the Passion sequence of the York mystery plays. Moving on to church architecture, which functioned as a ‘playing space’ for the Mass, I then explore how their its deliberately exploited the use of space, light, and sound to capture and hold the attention of an audience. Finally, I consider the significance of the Lay Folks Mass Book, a text designed to help medieval audiences navigate the action of the Mass by following visual and aural cues from the priest. As a whole, the essay elucidates how the medieval Mass functioned as a staged performance deliberately intended to provoke a response in its audience, and how it sought to shape the nature of that response. en
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dc.publisher Royal Holloway University of London en
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dc.rights Items in ResearchSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Previously published items are made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. en
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dc.title Sacred staging: Dramatic magic in the medieval mass en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 34 en
pubs.volume 12 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en en
pubs.end-page 48 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 763529 en Arts en Humanities en English and Drama en
dc.identifier.eissn 1751-0171 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2019-02-25 en 2018 en

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