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Wednesday, September 4 • 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Working Group Session 1: Popular Performance

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Session Title: Masks and Canon (Chair: Lucy Amsden)


Catriona Craig

Provocation: Should we fire the canon?Harold Bloom’s 1994 intervention into the so-called culture wars, The Western Canon, is an attempt to creative an exhaustive list of the key texts and developments of the western literary tradition. It is also a defence of a way of thinking... Read More →

Olly Crick

The Masked and the Unmasked: A new aesthetic and dramaturgy for ancient and modern commedia.Generic and academic discussion of Commedia dell’Arte largely focusses on the employment of its unique feature in western professional theatre from the early modern period onwards: the successful... Read More →

Maggie Irving

Performing Distaff Falstaff: mask parody, drag and clowning disturbing social norms.   In 2009, I performed an abridged excerpt (called Distaff Falstaff) of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. I developed a gender-bending mask for Falstaff that worked with my corporeal... Read More →

Wednesday September 4, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm BST
Thornlea: White House Meeting Room