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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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