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How the Axe Falls: A Retrospective on Thirty-Five Years of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Performance
Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media
  • Linda Marie Zaerr, Boise State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2013
Abstract
This retrospective represents a new approach to using historical performance as a tool for understanding medieval narrative performance. The core of the article traces how an individual performer’s interaction with a stable medieval text both indicates directions medieval performers may have taken and suggests the limitations imposed by modern performance conventions. The discussion touches on issues of adaptation and translation, variation in troupe composition and audience, expectations of modern audiences, impact of costume choices, and limitations of audio and video recordings as documentation of live performance. Juxtaposing eight performances of a single passage clarifies how performance can transform a text, and how a text can impose a consistent character across a range of performance redactions.
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Citation Information
Linda Marie Zaerr. "How the Axe Falls: A Retrospective on Thirty-Five Years of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Performance" Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lindamarie_zaerr/30/