Performance in Medieval Culture

This essay/project should be 2000 words long.‘There is no original or primary gender that drag imitates, but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original; in fact, it is a kind of imitation that produces the very notion of the original as an effect and consequence of the imitation itself.’ (Judith Butler) Do medieval texts think of personal identities as essential or as performatively constituted?Essays should follow normal academic standards and show some engagement with relevant criticism. Please pay attention to whether the question specifies plays, performance, text, culture – these aren’t interchangeable. Essay tutorials will be offered in the final two weeks of the semester: please submit a one-page essay plan by Friday 23rd November as a basis for the discussion. Some of the plays we analysed in the semester that are to be referenced in the essay are: Towneley Second Shepherds’ Play, N-Town Proclamation and Trial of Joseph and Mary, York Crucifixion, Croxton Play of the Sacrament, Chester Play of the Antichrist. Everything must be referenced in MHRA style.