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

Murder by Accident: Medieval Theater, Modern Media, Critical Intentions (Hardback)

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Over fifty years ago, it became unfashionable - even forbidden - for students of literature to talk about an author's intentions for a given work. In "Murder by Accident", Jody Enders boldly resurrects the long-disgraced concept of intentionality, especially as it relates to the theater. Drawing on four fascinating medieval events in which a theatrical performance precipitated deadly consequences, Enders contends that the marginalization of intention in critical discourse is a mirror for the marginalization - and misunderstanding - of theater. "Murder by Accident" revisits the legal, moral, ethical, and aesthetic limits of the living arts of the past, pairing them with examples from the present, whether they be reality television, snuff films, the 'accidental' live broadcast of a suicide on a Los Angeles freeway, or an actor who jokingly fired a stage revolver at his temple, causing his eventual death. This book will force scholars and students to rethink their assumptions about theory, intention, and performance, both past and present.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800Film, TV & DramaTheatre Publisher: The University of Chicago Press Publication Date: 02/06/2009 ISBN-13: 9780226207834  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jody Enders is professor of French and theater at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of three books, including Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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