This chapter investigates the place and impacts of touch within medieval convent plays, focusing particular attention on the sensory and cognitive experiences of the medieval performer, rather than the spectator, and utilising archival research alongside ethnographic data from contemporary performances and interviews to explore this topic. Using a range of approaches to touch – the touch of particular items of theatrical attire; the presence/absence of a monastic habit; tactile interaction with liturgical vessels; or, more conceptually, the ‘touch’ of a theatrical part – it argues that medieval convent theatre involved its participants in a rich range of tactile experiences, and suggests that attending to touch is important for our understanding of the ways in which such theatre functioned within the devotional lives of enclosed women religious.
|Title of host publication||Touching, Devotional Practice and Visionary Experience in the Late Middle Ages|
|Editors||David Carrillo-Rangel, Delfi Isabel Nieto, Pablo Acosta Garcia|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2020|
- Middle Ages