Sponsorship, Reflexivity, and Resistance: A Cultural Reading of the York Cycle Plays
Chapter in The Performance of Middle English Culture.
Theatricality as a cultural process is vitally important in the middle ages; it encompasses not only the thematic importation of dramatic images into the Canterbury Tales, but also the social and ideological `performativities' of the mystery and morality plays, metadramatic investments, and the ludic energies of Chaucerian discourses in general. The twelve essays collected here address for the first time this intersection, using contemporary theory and historical scholarship to treat a number of important critical problems, including the anthropology of theatrical performance; gender; allegory; Chaucerian metapoetics; intertextual play and jouissance; social mediation and rhetoric; genre; and the institutionality of medieval studies. JAMES J. PAXSON is Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida; LAWRENCE M. CLOPPER is Professor of English at Indiana University; SYLVIA TOMASCHis Associate Professor of English at Hunter College, City University of New York. Contributors: KATHLEEN ASHLEY, MARLENE CLARK, RICHARD DANIELS, ALFRED DAVID, RICHARD K. EMMERSON, JOHN GANIM, WARREN GINSBERG, ROBERT W. HANNING, SHARON KRAUS, SETH LERER, WILLIAM MCLELLAN, PAMELA SHEINGORN, PETER W. TRAVIS
Boydell and Brewer
English Language and Literature
Ashley, Kathleen. “Sponsorship, Reflexivity, and Resistance: A Cultural Reading of the York Cycle Plays” in The Performance of Middle English Culture. Ed. Lawrence Clopper, James Paxson and Sylvia Tomasch (Boydell and Brewer, 1998), pp. 9-24.