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By Donnalee Dox

"Through well-informed and nuanced readings of key files from the fourth via fourteenth centuries, this booklet demanding situations historians' long-held ideals approximately how strategies of Greco-Roman theater survived the autumn of Rome and the center a while, and contributed to the dramatic triumphs of the Renaissance. Dox's paintings is an important contribution to the historical past of principles that might swap perpetually the traditional narrative of the delivery and improvement of theatrical task in medieval Europe."

---Margaret Knapp, Arizona country University

"...an elegantly concise survey of ways classical notions of theater were interpreted within the Latin center a while. Dox convincingly demonstrates that faraway from there being a unmarried 'medieval' angle in the direction of theater, there has been in reality a lot debate approximately how theater may be understood to operate inside of Christian culture, even within the so-called 'dark a long time' of Western tradition. This e-book makes an leading edge contribution to experiences of the historical past of the theater, obvious when it comes to the heritage of rules, instead of of practice."

---Constant Mews, Director, Centre for the examine of faith & Theology, collage of Monash, Australia

"In the centuries among St. Augustine and Bartholomew of Bruges, Christian proposal progressively moved from a brusque rejection of classical theater to a steadily nuanced and optimistic evaluation of its price. during this lucidly written research, Donnalee Dox provides a big side to our figuring out of the Christian response to, and edition of, classical tradition within the centuries among the Church Fathers and the rediscovery of Aristotle."

---Philipp W. Rosemann, college of Dallas

This publication considers medieval texts that care for old theater as records of Latin Christianity's highbrow background. As an workout in medieval historiography, this learn additionally examines biases in sleek scholarship that search hyperlinks among those texts and function practices. the hassle to convey those texts jointly and position them of their highbrow contexts finds a way more nuanced and contested discourse on Greco-Roman theater and medieval theatrical perform than has been stated. The publication is prepared chronologically and indicates the medieval foundations for the Early smooth integration of dramatic conception and theatrical performance.

The concept of the Theater in Latin Christian Thought should be of curiosity to theater historians, highbrow historians, and people who paintings on issues of touch among the eu center a while and Renaissance. The wide diversity of files mentioned (liturgical treatises, scholastic commentaries, philosophical tracts, and letters spanning many centuries) renders person chapters worthwhile to philosophers, aestheticians, and liturgists in addition to to historians and historiographers. For theater historians, this research deals an alternate interpreting of general texts that could modify our knowing of the emergence of dramatic and theatrical traditions within the West. simply because theater is never regarded as an element of highbrow initiatives within the heart a while, this research opens a brand new subject within the writing of medieval highbrow history.

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