Performance, Cognitive Theory, and Devotional Culture

Sensual Piety in Late Medieval York

  • Authors
  • Jill┬áStevenson

Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jill Stevenson
    Pages 67-86
  3. Jill Stevenson
    Pages 87-113
  4. Jill Stevenson
    Pages 115-132
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 165-264

About this book


In Performance, Cognitive Theory, and Devotional Culture, Jill Stevenson uses cognitive theory to explore the layperson s physical encounter with live religious performances, and to argue that laypeople s interactions with other devotional media - such as books and art objects - may also have functioned like performance events. By revealing the remarkable resonance between cognitive science and medieval visual theories, Stevenson demonstrates how understanding medieval culture can enrich the study of performance generally. She concludes by applying her theories of medieval performance culture to contemporary religious forms, including creationist museums, Hell Houses, and megachurches.


body concept corpus culture event literacy Medieval Literature Middle Ages performance space

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