This Is My Body: Representational Practices in the Early Middle Ages

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The recipient of the annual Award for Outstanding Book in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, This Is My Body realigns representational practices in the early Middle Ages with current debates on the nature of representation. Michal Kobialkai's study views the medieval concept of representation as having been in flux and crossed by different modes of seeing, until it was stabilized by the constitutions of the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215. Kobialka argues that the concept of representation in the early Middle Ages had little to do with the tradition that considers representation in terms of Aristotle or Plato; rather, it was enshrined in the interpretation of Hoc est corpus meum [This is my body] -- the words spoken by Christ to the apostles at the Last Supper -- and in establishing the visibility of the body of Christ that had disappeared from view.
Michal Kobialka is Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota.

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"This is My Body attempts to redefine representation and representational practices in a way that will realign them with the debates on the nature of representation in the early Middle Ages. Rather than defining representation in terms of either imitation of nature (Aristotle) or the process of doubling (Plato), this study seeks to engage historically specific understandings of representation as a heterogeneous discursive practice, which was defined and redefined within a dynamic field of shifting relationships between theological, social, political, and cultural formulations allowed to be conceived in different venues at different times."--BOOK JACKET. "At its core, this book deals with a central problem for the study of medieval representational practices and theater: how to understand and make use of the Quem quaeritis and the Regularis concordia, as well as other early documents that have been brought forth by historians, as evidence of the "rebirth" of drama in the early medieval period."--BOOK JACKET.

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"This is My Body is a model of historical research, informed by both a deep understanding of the mentalities of the period under discussion, and by a broad knowledge of the latest and most important work in theorizing the making of history. I expect that this book will set high standards for the field of theatre history for decades to come."

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