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Love, Sex and Romance in Early Drama

Love, Sex and Romance in Early Drama
214 College St., Robert Gill Theatre
Time: Apr 26th, 11:00 am End: Apr 26th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Sexual Diversity, Religion, Study of (FAS), Music, Faculty of , Medieval Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), French and Linguistics (UTSC), French (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Symposium

The Poculi Ludique Societas early theatre company is pleased to present:

Love, Sex and Romance in Early Drama
 
26 April 2014, University of Toronto

 
From 24 to 27 April 2014 Poculi Ludique Societas is putting on a production of Lancelot of Denmark and Of Winter and Summer. These two so-called abele spelen, together with the other abele spelen Gloriant and Esmoreit, are the oldest surviving secular plays from the Low Countries, preserved in the Van Hulthem manuscript (c.1410). Of Winter and Summer is also the oldest known allegorical Dutch play and an early example of the debate play. Both Lancelot of Denmark and Of Winter and Summer are concerned with love and sex; the former is also one of the very few surviving romance plays of medieval Europe, a seemingly popular genre well into the early modern period.
 
This one-day symposium will explore idealised and realistic portrayals of love and sex on the medieval and early modern stage as well as the relationship between drama and romances in the Low Countries and beyond.

This event is free and open to the public and registration is not required. For further information, please contact the organizers at lsrearlydrama@outlook.com.

11:00-12:00pm    Session 1

  • Professor Joanne Findon (Trent University) and Dr Charlotte Steenbrugge (University of Toronto / University of Bristol) Romance Plays and Romancing Plays
  • Chair: Professor David Klausner (University of Toronto)

12:00-1:30pm        lunch break (no lunch is provided)

1:30-2:30pm        Session 2

  • Professor Mario Longtin (University of Western Ontario) Sex and the Chicken Coop: On staging La farce du Poullier à six personnages’ juicy bits
  • Professor Rosalind Kerr (University of Alberta) Sex and the Serva in the Recueil Fossard (Paris, 1580s)
  • Chair: Professor Alexandra Johnston (University of Toronto)

2:30-3:30pm        Session 3

  • Erin Weinberg (Queen’s University) ‘For when did friendship take / A breed for barren metal of his friend?’: Staging love as sterile currency in The Merchant of Venice
  • Dr Andrew Bretz (University of Guelph / Wilfrid Laurier University) The Genres of Consent: Bonduca and the Failure of Chivalry
  • Chair: Professor Mario Longtin (University of Western Ontario)

3:30-4:00pm        coffee and tea break

4:00-5:00pm        Session 4:  Roundtable with the directors and actors of Lancelot of Denmark and Of Winter and Summer

  • Chair: Professor Joanne Findon (Trent University)

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