THEA 246 Performance in Medieval Europe


Topics of this course include the emergence of religious drama in Europe (in the forms of liturgical dramas, cycle plays, and morality plays), royal processions and games, neoclassical dramatic theory, and theatre technology of the renaissance. We will study the plays especially as embedded in discrete cultural moments, and, thus, as indicative of historical motion.

In addition to classroom study of these topics, students will look at medieval and renaissance architecture with an eye toward understanding how architectural styles and technologies developed alongside theatre. Students will study games and shows such as the Palio race in Siena, the Gioco del Calcio Storico, Florence’s “costumed soccer game”, and other such vestiges of renaissance performances.