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Medieval Convent Drama : Translating Scripture and Transforming the Liturgy

    2019
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  • A Companion to Medieval Translation / Beer, Jeanette. - Medieval Institute Publications. - 2019, p. 63-74
English This article examines a vernacular Nativity play from the convent at Huy, in modern- day Belgium. The play includes liturgical citations that would have been sung in Latin, alongside the Walloon French lines that translate generically -- scriptural narrative into verse drama -- as well as linguistically. Scriptural narrative is also expanded through the addition of apocryphal material and especially female characters. The Huy play survives in a manuscript of the 15th century, and in a seventeenth-century manuscript that reveals further processes of revision and adaptation by the nuns who composed, copied and performed it. This paper describes these various processes of translation and adaptation for performance by and for female religious, and comments on theatrical translation and the relationship of drama to liturgy.
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Faculté des lettres
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Département d'anglais
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  • English
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