"Thei Stodyn Upon Stoyls for to Beheldyn Hir": Margery Kempe and the Power of Performance (1).
Studia Anglica Posnaniensia: international review of English Studies 2002, Mid-Summer, 38
Studia Anglica Posnaniensia: international review of English Studies
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ABSTRACT This paper analyzes Margery Kempe's behaviour as performance. I begin by cataloguing the different modes of physical and verbal theatre which Margery's text presents as evidence of her authority. I then explore the aspects of performance implied by the audience responses recorded in the text. Tracing the shift from performance to performativity, I discuss how Margery's theatrical self-presentation challenged conceptions of fixed gender and identity, revealing the source and impact of Margery's power in the audience/actor relationship. I conclude by demonstrating the potential reach of her performances and by identifying the ways in which her detractors attempted to contain her influence.
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- Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
- Published: 06 August 2002
- Publisher: Adam Mickiewicz University
- Print Length: 19 Pages
- Language: English