African American Scenebook

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Kathryn Ervin, Ethel Pitts Walker
Psychology Press, 1999 - Drama - 128 pages
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Conflicting Identities and Multiple Masculinitiestakes as its focus the construction of masculinity in Western Europe from the early Middle Ages until the fifteenth century, crossing from pre-Christian Scandinavia across western Christendom. The essays consult a broad and representative cross section of sources including the work of theological, scholastic, and monastic writers, sagas, hagiography and memoirs, material culture, chronicles, examplaand vernacular literature, sumptuary legislation, and the records of ecclesiastical courts. The studies address questions of what constituted male identity, and male sexuality. How was masculinity constructed in different social groups? How did the secular and ecclesiastical ideals of masculinity reinforce each other or diverge? These essays address the topic of medieval men and, through a variety of theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary approaches, significantly extend our understanding of how, in the Middle Ages, masculinity and identity were conflicted and multifarious.

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Kathryn M. Ervin is an Artist Educator in the Department of Theatre Arts at California State University, San Bernadino. A director and acting teacher, her special interest is in theatre for marginalized populations. She is a member and past president of the Black Theatre Network, a fellow of The California Arts Project and active in several national theatre organizations. Ethel Pitts Walker is Professor of Theatre Arts and teaches in the African American Studies Department at San Jose State University. She is a past president of the Black Theatre Network and the California Educational Theatre Association. Author of numerous articles, she is editor of New/Lost Plays by Ed Bullins and is working on a biography of Dr. Thomas D. Pawley, one of the deans of educational theatre.