Dramatic Wardrobes

The Dynamics of Clothing in Mystical Visions and Religious Plays

Mediävistische Perspektiven, Band 15
2023. 144 Seiten, 3 Farbabbildungen
ISBN 978-3-0340-1729-9
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Drawing together well-known and less familiar works from English and German writers, and focusing on references to clothing, Dutton and Kirakosian argue for important connections between medieval visions and medieval plays.  These connections may be, initially, surprising, given the social nature of theatre that contrasts with the intensely personal and subjective nature of the visionary experience. While an audience provides collective witness to a play, the visionary, almost by definition, sees something that others do not: the visionary makes an audience of one for a drama presented – at least according to the believer – by God. By contrast, in the visionary text the visionary seeks to re-present her vision, in literary form, for a wider audience of readers, and to stir their belief in it. Reading across genres and languages, with particular attention on writing by women and on the figure of Mary Magdalen, the authors explore the dynamic power of clothing as a catalyst for imaginative processes in writers, readers and spectators alike.

is Professor of English at the University of Fribourg and researches the English-language literature of the Middle Ages. She was formerly Fellow of ­Worcester College, University of Oxford.


is Professor of German ­Medieval Studies with a focus on religious text culture of the late Middle Ages at the University of Freiburg. She has held positions at Harvard University and the University of Oxford.


Die Schriftenreihe repräsentiert die Breite der mediävistischen Forschung an der Universität Zürich und darüber hinaus.