The Medieval Theater of Cruelty: Rhetoric, Memory, Violence

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Cornell University Press, 2002 - History - 268 pages
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Why did medieval dramatists weave so many scenes of torture into their plays? Exploring the cultural connections among rhetoric, law, drama, literary creation, and violence, Jody Enders addresses an issue that has long troubled students of the Middle Ages. Theories of rhetoric and law of the time reveal, she points out, that the ideology of torture was a widely accepted means for exploiting such essential elements of the stage and stagecraft as dramatic verisimilitude, pity, fear, and catharsis to fabricate truth. Analyzing the consequences of torture for the history of aesthetics in general and of drama in particular, Enders shows that if the violence embedded in the history of rhetoric is acknowledged, we are better able to understand not only the enduring "theater of cruelty" identified by theorists from Isidore of Seville to Antonin Artaud, but also the continuing modern devotion to the spectacle of pain.
  

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ROBOS CANONICO DEL REY DE ESPAÑA.
CANONIC ROBS SPAINIAN KINGS.
CHAVEZ PAY TO INTELIGENCY AGEN. DICIP CEBIN DIM TO KILL PEOPLE AN RADIATE PEOPLE. PERFECTIBLE BANCK.CHAVEZ PAGA A AGENCIAS DE
INTELIGENCIA ESPAÑOLAS PARA QUE PRODUZACAN CANCER, VIOLACIONES Y ASESINATOS A VENEZOLANOS. BANCO PERFECTIBLE.
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Contents

A Polemical Introduction
1
The Dramatic Violence of Invention
25
Rhetoric and Drama Torture and Truth
38
The Violent Invention of Drama
48
The Memory of Pain
63
Foundational Violence
71
Violent Births Miscarriages of Justice Tortured Spaces
82
The Architecture of the Body in Pain
96
The Memory of Drama
152
The Performance of Violence
160
Pleasure Pain and the Spectacle of Scourging
170
Witnesses at the Scene
185
Special Effects
192
Death by Drama
202
Violence and Performativity on the French Medieval
218
Vicious Cycles
230

Violent Origins and Virtual Performances
111
Dramatic Figuration and Mnemonic Disfigurement
120
Pedagogy Spectacle and the Mnemonic Agon
129
Works Cited
239
Index
261
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Jody Enders is a professor of French and dramatic art at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of "Rhetoric and the Origins of Medieval Drama" and "The Medieval Theater of Cruelty: Rhetoric, Memory, Violence,

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