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Murder by Accident: Medieval Theater, Modern Media, Critical Intentions

Jody Enders


Over fifty years ago, it became unfashionable—even forbidden—for students of literature to talk about an author's intentions for a given work. This book resurrects the long-disgraced concept of intentionality, especially as it relates to the theater. Drawing on four medieval events in which a theatrical performance precipitated deadly consequences, the author contends that the marginalization of intention in critical discourse is a mirror for the marginalization—and misunderstanding—of theater. The book revisits the legal, moral, ethical, and aesthetic limits of the living arts of the past, pa ... More

Keywords: intention, performance, intentionality, theater, medieval events, theatrical performance, marginalization, critical discourse, aesthetic limits, living arts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226207834
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226207858.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jody Enders, author