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CFP: Drama and Pedagogy: Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies 2014 Conference

October 21, 2013

Early English Drama & Performance

12-13 September, 2014, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Convenors: Elisabeth Dutton and Indira Ghose, University of Fribourg

“In medieval England, when literacy was low and the liturgy in Latin, what did drama teach, and how?  What were the implications for Middle English drama of its vernacularity, and how did it engage Latinity?  The mystery plays teach scriptural material in the vernacular; the morality plays present subtle theological and philosophical teaching through allegory. In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries drama is a way of disseminating theological and philosophical ideas: in the sixteenth century, with the rise of humanism, drama is one way the academic community debates those ideas. In early modern England, as the theatre came to rival the pulpit as a mass medium, leading many to attack the stage and many others to defend it, did drama teach or seduce, instruct or distract? As historical circumstances change, how does drama balance…

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