DISQ016 Medieval Theatrality

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/5. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Bc. Amálie Bulandrová (lecturer)
Mgr. Eliška Poláčková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Eliška Poláčková, Ph.D.
Department of Theatre Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Eliška Poláčková, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Theatre Studies - Faculty of Arts
Thu 14:00–15:40 G01
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
there are 12 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
The course is dealing with theatrical aspects of primarily non-theatrical events, therefore it's trying to elaborate on used saying "All the World's a Stage" with examples from Medieval times, mostly from czech lands.
Using secondary literature dealing with theatricality and performativity and examples of particular events the course will explain, how "scenography", or surroundings, where so called cultural performance takes place, co-create its meaning; how music, dancing and another arts become meaningfull part of these performances; how text interacts with the other components and last but not least course will be focusing on participants of these events and on performative aspects of their behaviour.

The course is held in Czech.
Learning outcomes

At the end of the course student will be able to:
- argue, why it's possible to apply methodology of theatricality also on research of primarily non-theatrical/non-dramatic (medieval) events;
- prove knowledge of main theoretics and theories of performativity and their basic thesis and terms;
- give an example of using scenography, acting, mise-en-scene, music etc. in concrete historic event and also in medieval cultural performances in general.
  • 1. Good friday's liturgy: Adoratio crucis, Depositio crucis, use of mobile puppets, planctus
  • 2. Preaching: preacher as actor, interaction between text and image, performance vs. literature
  • 3. Royal wedding and coronation: royal vs. ecclesiastic rituals?, public vs. private?, politics vs. culture?; tournaments, dancing, music, singing, theatre
  • 4. Royal arrival and funeral: cultural performance as theatrum mundi (parade as demonstration of medieval hierarchy), violation of scenario as demonstration of power
  • 5. Schola ludus: lecture, lectio, vagabundi's poetry, goliard's festivities
    required literature
  • AUSTIN, J. L. Jak udělat něco slovy. Vyd. 1. Praha: Filosofia, 2000. 172 s. ISBN 8070071338. info
  • BACHTIN, Michail Michajlovič. François Rabelais a lidová kultura středověku a renesance. Vyd. 1. Praha: Odeon - nakladatelství krásné literatury a umění, 1975. 406 s., 49. info
  • Slavnosti, ceremonie a rituály v pozdním středověku. Edited by Martin Nodl - František Šmahel. Vydání první. Praha: Argo, 2014. 467 stran. ISBN 9788025705896. info
    recommended literature
  • BARTLOVÁ, Milena. Skutečná přítomnost : středověký obraz mezi ikonou a virtuální realitou. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2012. 407 s. ISBN 9788025705421. info
  • CARLSON, Marvin. Streets, Squares, and Strollers. The City as Performative Space. Parabasis 12 (2014): 1: 17-27
  • DILLON, Janette. The language of space in court performance, 1400-1625. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. xiii, 264. ISBN 9780521886413. info
  • Dvory a rezidence ve středověku. Edited by Dana Dvořáčková-Malá. 1. vyd. Praha: Historický ústav AV ČR, 2006. 290 s. ISBN 807286095X. info
  • Dance, spectacle, and the body politick, 1250-1750. Edited by Jennifer Nevile. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008. 375 s. ISBN 9780253219855. info
  • POLÁČKOVÁ, Eliška. Teatralita středověké literatury doby lucemburské. Disertační práce. Filozofická fakulta Masarykovy univerzity, Brno, 2017, nepubl.
  • SPUNAR, Pavel. Kultura středověku. 2. pozměn. a dopl. vyd. Praha: Academia, 1995. 226 s. ISBN 8020005471. info
Teaching methods
lecture, class reading, discussion
Assessment methods
Oral exam. Pass-fail line is 70%.
Language of instruction
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