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Author Carlson, Marla.

Title Performing bodies in pain : medieval and post-modern martyrs, mystics, and artists / Marla Carlson
Edition First edition
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 227 pages) : illustrations
Series Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history
Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history.
Contents Introduction -- Feeling torture -- Imagining death -- Enduring ecstasy -- Whipping up community -- Containing chaos -- Conclusion
Summary The urgent debate about torture in public discourse of the twenty-first century thrusts pain into the foreground while research in neuroscience is transforming our understanding of this fundamental human experience. In late-medieval France, a country devastated by the Black Death, torn by civil strife, and strained by the Hundred Year's War with England, the notion of pain shifted within the conceptual frameworks provided by theology and medicine. Performing Bodies in Pain analyzes the cultural work of spectacular suffering during these two periods, reading recent dramatizations of torture and performances of self-mutilating conceptual art against late-medieval saint plays
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject French drama -- To 1500 -- History and criticism.
Pain in the theater.
Passion-plays -- History and criticism.
Performance art.
Theater -- France -- History -- Medieval, 500-1500.
Theater -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Violence in the theater.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
LC no. 2010001967
ISBN 0230111483 (electronic bk.)
9780230111486 (electronic bk.)