Theater of the Holy: Performative Elements of Late Ancient Hymnography

Journal Article

Copyright © 2015 President and Fellows of Harvard College. A script is merely an artifact until a performer brings it to life; a text is a starting point, despite the fact that its finality suggests a destination. With works that were meant to be performed in some fashion (however generously understood performance may be), the dynamic relationship between performer and audience shapes and even defines their reception; such works, fully expressed, are visual, auditory, and kinetic. The written word may mediate this relationship, shaping the arc of the narrative and the words of the characters, but it is performance that gives the narrative life and the characters voices and bodies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lieber, LS

Published Date

  • January 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 108 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 327 - 355

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0017-8160

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S001781601500022X

Citation Source

  • Scopus