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Date(s) - 26 Nov 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

New York University

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Please join us tomorrow evening for what promises to be a fascinating
and enlightening presentation by Nicole Rice (St. John’s University,
NY) and Margaret Pappano (Queen’s University ON). Their title is
“Artisan Drama and the Transformation of Work in the Premodern City”;
an abstract follows:

The civic religious drama of late medieval England, financed,
produced, and performed by craftspeople, provides one of the earliest
and most developed forms of literature by an “uneducated” group in
Europe, testifying to the influence of the artisan class on literary
and performance history. In our book in progress, we show how the
phenomenon of civic religious drama evolved in tandem with the
development of artisanal organization, power, and status in the urban
centers of premodern York and Chester. We read document and the texts
of selected plays together to suggest that such drama represents a
collaborative enterprise in which artisans, though neither fully
authors nor scribes, created and revised their self-representations in
regular theatrical events that endured for two centuries. In this
lecture we consider how artisans participated creatively and
strategically in negotiating religious reform, showing how the
intersections of religious reform with the civic reform of charity
impinged upon artisans’ work identity and cultural role,
transformations with major implications for the meaning n got the
drama, their signature public performance.

The talk begins at 6:00 PM and will take place in the Great Room of 19
University Place.