For nearly forty years, Early Drama, Art, and Music (EDAM) has established a reputation for publishing specialized, high-quality scholarship through Medieval Institute Publications at Western Michigan University.
The Board seeks submissions from new and established scholars conducting studies of the medieval performing and visual arts broadly conceived, on topics including—but not limited to—music; civic and liturgical festivals; plays and dramatic literature; performance objects, architecture and technology; and ritual and homiletics. We also invite theoretical and interdisciplinary work that engages historical subjects in relation to art and material culture, orality and speech-act theory, gender and sexuality, affect and reception, and philosophy.
The editors are especially interested in expanding the scope of EDAM to include explorations of performance traditions beyond the Anglophone and Latin world to the Eastern Roman Empire and the medieval Mediterranean at large.
Keywords: Medieval music; liturgical festivals; plays and dramatic literature; architecture; visual art
Geographical Scope: Global
Chronological Scope: Medieval
Series Editorial Board
To submit a proposal or completed manuscript to be considered for publication by Medieval Institute Publications or to learn more about the series, please contact Tyler Cloherty, acquisitions editor for the series.
The series' Editorial Board comprises:
- Katie Brokaw, University of California, Merced
- Erith Jaffe-Berg, University of California, Riverside
- Jenna Soleo-Shanks, University of Minnesota Duluth
- Christopher Swift, New York City College of Technology
- Andrew Walker White, George Mason University
See forthcoming titles in this series.
Collectors, Commissioners, Curators: Studies in Medieval Art for Stephen Fliegel
Edited by Elina Gertsman
This volume celebrates the storied career of Stephen N. Fliegel, the former Robert Bergman Curator of Medieval Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA). Authors of these essays, all leading curators in their fields, offer insights into curatorial practices by highlighting key objects in some of the most famous medieval collections in North America and Europe: Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Louvre, the British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, the Getty, the Groeningemuseum, The Morgan Library, Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum and, of course, the CMA, offering perspectives on the histories of collecting and display, artistic identity and patronage, with special foci on Burgundian art, acquisition histories and objects in the CMA.
ISBN 978-1-50152-110-2 (clothbound), 978-1-50151-484-5 (PDF), 978-1-50151-485-2 (EPUB) © 2023
The Performance Tradition of the Medieval English University: The Works of Thomas Chaundler
By Thomas Meacham
This is a truly paradigm-shifting study that reads a key text in Latin Humanist studies as the culmination, rather than an early example, of a tradition in university drama. It persuasively argues against the common assumption that there was no "drama" in the medieval universities until the syllabus was influenced by Humanist ideas, and posits a new way of reading the performative dimensions of fourteenth and fifteenth- century university education in, for example, Ciceronian tuition on epistolary delivery.
EDAM Monograph 37, ISBN 978-1-58044-355-5 (clothbound), 978-1-50151-312-1 (PDF), 978-1-50151-292-6 (EPUB) © 2020
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The Corporeality of Clothing in Medieval Literature: Cognition, Kinesis, and the Sacred
By Sarah Brazil
In this innovative study, Brazil demonstrates how medieval writers use clothing to direct readers’ and spectators’ awareness to forms of embodiment. By bringing recent studies in the field of embodied cognition to bear on narrated and dramatized interactions between dress and body, this book offers new methodological tools to the study of clothing.
EDAM Monograph 36, ISBN 978-158044-357-9 (clothbound), 978-158044-358-6 (PDF) © 2018
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The Jeu d'Adam: MS Tours 927 and the Provenance of the Play
Edited by Christophe Chaguinian
The Jeu d'Adam is an Anglo-Norman mid-twelfth-century representation of several biblical stories, including the temptation of Adam and Eve and the subsequent fall, Cain and Abel, and the prophets Isaiah and Daniel. Its framework builds on the Latin responses of the mass during the liturgical season of Septuagesima, from before Lent to Easter. This collection of essays explores whether this early play was monastic or secular, its Anglo-Norman character, and the text's musical provenance.
EDAM Monograph 35, ISBN 978-158044-267-1 (clothbound), 978-158044-266-4 (PDF) © 2018
From the Romans to the Normans on the English Renaissance Stage
By Lisa Hopkins
This book examines the late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century engagement with a crucial part of Britain's past, the period between the withdrawal of the Roman legions and the Norman Conquest, and considers the extent to which ideas about early modern English and British national, religious, and political identities were rooted in cultural constructions of the pre-Conquest past.
EDAM Monograph 34, ISBN 978-1-58044-279-4 (clothbound), 978-1-58044-280-0 (PDF) © 2017
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Drama and Sermon in Late Medieval England: Performance, Authority, Devotion
By Charlotte Steenbrugge
This full-length study investigates how sermons and vernacular religious drama worked as media for public learning, how they combined this didactic aim with literary exigencies, and how plays acquired and reflected authority. The interrelation between sermons and vernacular drama, formerly assumed to be a close one, is addressed from historical connections, performative aspects, and the portrayal of penance.
EDAM Monograph 33, ISBN 978-1-58044-277-0 (clothbound), 978-1-58044-278-7 (PDF) © 2017
Liturgical Drama and the Reimagining of Medieval Theater
By Michael Norton
Prior to the invention of the expression "liturgical drama" in 1834 as a metaphor that only later hardened into a formal category, the medieval rites and representations that would forge the category were understood as distinct and unrelated classes: as liturgical rites no longer celebrated or as theatrical works of dubious quality. This ground-breaking work examines "liturgical drama" according to the contexts of their presentations within the manuscripts and books that preserve them.
EDAM Monograph 32, ISBN 978-1-58044-262-6 (clothbound), 978-1-58044-263-3 (PDF) © 2017
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Mary of Nemmegen: The ca. 1518 Translation and Middle Dutch Analogue, "Mariken van Nieumeghen"
Edited and translated by Clifford Davidson, Ton Broos, and Martin Walsh
Mary of Nemmegen, a prose condensation in English of the Middle Dutch play "Mariken van Nieumeghen," is an important example of the literature that was imported from Holland in the early part of the sixteenth century - literature that helped to establish an English taste for narrative prose fiction.
EDAM Monograph 31, ISBN 978-1-58044-221-3 (clothbound) © 2016
Improvisation in the Arts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Edited by Timothy J. McGee
A careful reading of the essays brings with it the awareness that to ignore improvisation is to distort the art in a major way. In light of the present volume, the very concept of "faithful historical re-creation" takes on a much broader and more complex character.
EDAM Monograph 30, ISBN 1-58044-044-4 (clothbound), ISBN 1-58044-045-2 (paperback) © 2003
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Paying the Piper: Music in Pre-1642 Cheshire
Elizabeth Baldwin, with a contribution on music in the city by David Mills
In this book, Elizabeth Baldwin studies the early music situation in a single county, Cheshire, from the late Middle Ages to the beginning of the Civil War, focusing on music outside the regular control of the Church and looking not only at the trained professional but at music-makers from the performers at guild feasts to the gentleman who takes music lessons and the alehouse-keeper who plays the pipes.
EDAM Monograph 29, ISBN 1-58044-040-1 (clothbound), ISBN 1-58044-041-X (paperback–out of print) © 2002
Gesture in Medieval Drama and Art
Edited by Clifford Davidson
Gesture and movement on stage in early drama have previously received very little attention in scholarship. The present collection of essays is the first book to present sensible, penetrating, and wide-ranging discussions of the gestural effects that were integral to the early stage.
EDAM Monograph 28, ISBN 1-58044-028-2 (clothbound), ISBN 1-58044-029-0 (paperback–out of print) © 2001
The Coventry Corpus Christi Plays
Edited by Pamela M. King and Clifford Davidson
One of the greatest medieval drama cycles in England was mounted annually at Coventry at Corpus Christi until suppressed in 1579 and is of particular importance because it was almost certainly seen by William Shakespeare when he was a boy in nearby Stratford-upon-Avon.
EDAM Monograph 27, ISBN 1-58044-055-X (clothbound), 978-0-91872-089-4 (paperback–out of print) © 2000
The Worlde and the Chylde
Edited by Clifford Davidson and Peter Happé, with an appendix on the dialect by Paul A. Johnston, Jr.
"The Worlde and the Chylde," issued by the press of Wynkyn de Worde in 1521, is one of the very earliest plays published in England. It also has very considerable interest for its adaptation of the ages of man iconography, which is extensively treated in the introduction, notes and illustrations.
EDAM Monograph 26, ISBN 1-58044-051-7 (clothbound), 1-58044-052-5 (paperback–out of print) © 1999
Material Culture and Medieval Drama
Edited by Clifford Davidson
Like the editor's "Technology, Guilds, and Early English Drama," the contributions by distinguished American and British scholars to this volume recognize that early drama depended on specific developments in material culture in order to achieve its effects, which included both visual and auditory means of appealing to audiences.
EDAM Monograph 25, ISBN 1-58044-020-7 (clothbound), ISBN 1-58044-021-5 (paperback) © 1999
The Play of Daniel: Critical Essays
Edited by Dunbar H. Ogden, with a transcription of the music by A. Marcel J. Zijlstra
This book, for the first time, provides a critical introduction to the staging and production, music and setting of the play in its architectural and historical context.
EDAM Monograph 24, ISBN 1-879288-77-X (paperback) © 1997
Technology, Guilds, and Early English Drama
This book is designed to open up a broader scope of study which calls attention to both social organization and material culture as integrally related to the civic drama of England in cities such as Coventry, York and Chester.
Copyright 1997, pp. x + 128
EDAM Monograph 23, ISBN 1-879288-79-6 (clothbound), ISBN 1-879288-80-X (paperback) © 1997
Fools and Folly
Edited by Clifford Davidson
Attitudes toward the fool varied, but his place was to become assured on stage, where his role is best known to us through the plays of Shakespeare. The articles in the present volume provide indispensable analyses of the fool from a number of different perspectives.
EDAM Monograph 22, ISBN 1-879288-69-9 (clothbound), ISBN 1-879288-70-2 (paperback–out of print) © 1996
A Selection of Early Music from the Repertoire of the Society for Old Music
Transcribed by Audrey Ekdahl Davidson, edited by Matthew Steel and Nicholas Batch
Audrey Ekdahl Davidson was a professor of music for many years at Western Michigan University. In honor of her retirement and her history with the Society for Old Music, an organization that she founded in 1966, this collection of music has been selected and prepared. The transcriptions were all designed for performances by the Society for Old Music, and were used in concerts for the local community, the International Congress on Medieval Studies, and other audiences in Michigan. The Society's concerts ranged from medieval chant and monophonic song to polyphonic choral works, and each concert focused on a particular topic, perhaps most successfully when music-drama was joined to liturgical display. The collection is a fitting tribute to tireless scholar, and an asset to any student of early music performance.
Early Drama, Art and Music Documents: A Paleography Handbook
John M. Wasson
A practical guide to late medieval and Renaissance paleography complete with facsimiles of documents, transcriptions and translations. The present volume will be of the greatest value to students and scholars who wish to consult original documents.
EDAM Monograph 20, ISBN 1-879288-33-8 (clothbound), ISBN 1-879288-34-6 (paperback–out of print) © 1993
A Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge, Revised Edition
Edited by Clifford Davidson
"A Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge," usually believed to have been written between 1380 and 1425, is the longest and most significant piece of dramatic criticism in Middle English. It reflects the hostility of Wycliffite (or Lollard) authors toward dramatic representation and related activity, especially religious drama.
EDAM Monograph 19, ISBN 1-978-1-58044-171-1 (paperback) © 1993
The "Ordo Virtutum" of Hildegard of Bingen: Critical Studies
Edited by Audrey Ekdahl Davidson
The first collection of essays on Hildegard's wonderfully unique "Ordo Virtutum," along with a reduced facsimile of the pages in Wiesbaden manuscript that contain the drama.
EDAM Monograph 18, ISBN 1-879288-17-6 (clothbound), 978-1-87928-817-1 (paperback–out of print) © 1992
Illustrations of the Stage and Acting in England to 1580
This richly illustrated book surveys representations of the stage and acting from manuscript illuminations, stained glass, sculpture, woodcarving, wall paintings and the woodcuts that appear in playbooks produced by the first English printers.
EDAM Monograph 16, ISBN 0-918720-47-8 (clothbound), ISBN 0-918720-48-6 (paperback) © 1991
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Crossing the Boundaries: Christian Piety and the Arts in Italian Medieval and Renaissance Confraternities
Edited by Konrad Eisenbichler
Despite the paramount importance of confraternities (especially to males) in medieval European society, scholars have tended to neglect not only the social role they played but also the influence they had on the art, drama, music, and thinking of the society in which they not only existed but thrived. This collection of essays serves to illuminate this oft-ignored facet of medieval society, and each essay carefully examines some element of the influence of confraternities on society and its products.
EDAM Monograph 15, ISBN 0-918720-45-1 (clothbound), 978-0-91872-046-7 (paperback–out of print) © 1991
Studies in Fifteenth-Century Stagecraft
J. W. Robinson
Before he suddenly passed away, John W. Robinson was working on a manuscript that he saw as effecting a marriage between the dramatic and the theatrical, as he felt there was too large a divide between literary scholars and practitioners of the theater. That manuscript is presented here, a close study of eight plays and the elements Robinson considers essential to performance: playwright, sponsors, location, plot, script, players, and audience.
EDAM Monograph 14, ISBN 0-918720-38-9 (clothbound), ISBN 0-918720-39-7 (paperback–out of print) © 1991
Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies and Dramas from Medieval Sweden
Edited by Audrey Ekdahl Davidson
Texts, translations, musical transcriptions and facsimiles of the Swedish music-dramas for Holy Week and Easter: "Depositio," "Elevatio," and "Visitatio Sepulchri."
Copyright 1990, pp. viii + 176
EDAM Monograph 13, ISBN 0-918720-36-2 (clothbound–out of print), 0-918720-37-0 (paperback) © 1991
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Shakespeare's Play within Play: Medieval Imagery and Scenic Form in "Hamlet," "Othello," and "King Lear"
In his foreword to the volume, Clifford Davidson praises Guilfoyle’s application of the concept of scenic form in her study of Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear, and her exposition of Shakespeare’s historical consciousness, noting her “sensitive examination of the shape of the playwright’s scenes when placed against traditional visual configurations and related textual resonances.” Any student of Shakespeare will benefit from the nuanced study of his imagery and how it helps to color his characters and the action in his plays.
EDAM Monograph 12, ISBN 0-918720-34-6 (clothbound), ISBN 0-918720-35-4 (paperback–out of print) © 1990
Iconoclasm vs. Art and Drama
Edited by Clifford Davidson and Ann Eljenholm Nichols
The radical Protestantism that led to the suppression of the religious drama also had destroyed perhaps the majority of ecclesiastical art in England by the early years of Queen Elizabeth I.
EDAM Monograph 11, ISBN 0-918720-97-4 (clothbound), ISBN 0-918720-98-2 (paperback) © 1988
The Monophonic Lauda and the Lay Religious Confraternities of Tuscany and Umbria in the Late Middle Ages
The study of popular hymnody is remote not only from contemporary experience but also from very many contemporary scholars. A great deal of this remove stems from the complicated origins and history of this important genre. The Monophonic Lauda aims to present for the first time an English study of the form, as such a text has not been available before. This also necessitates an exploration of previous scholarship on the lauda, though the book is not devoted to this particular exercise. The volume is well illustrated, including musical notation and black-and-white plates.
EDAM Monograph 10, ISBN 0-918720-89-3 (clothbound), ISBN 0-918720-90-7 (paperback–out of print) © 1988
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The Idea of Music: An Introduction to Musical Aesthetics in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Herbert M. Schueller
Music has long been neglected by aestheticians, who tend to privilege discussions of visual arts and literature. In this volume, Herbert M. Schueller brings the aesthetics of music into the fold, tracing the development of the idea from classical antiquity through the medieval period. He writes in a manner accessible to scholars whose specialties lie outside of technical music theory, keeping in mind especially the aesthetician but also general medieval scholars, and even the general reader.
EDAM Monograph 9, ISBN 0-918720-87-7 (clothbound), ISBN 0-918720-88-5 (paperback–out of print) © 1988
The Saint Play in Medieval Europe
Edited by Clifford Davidson
This illustrated volume intelligently provides a much-needed introduction to what may have been the most popular variety of drama in the Middle Ages: the saint play. A comprehensive and collaborative survey is provided with an emphasis on interdisciplinary study rather than only literary analysis. While the saint play in England is the connecting theme of the volume, the papers explore other topics necessary to fully understand the culture of the saint play, such as the genre as manifest on the continent, including plays in French, Italian and German.
EDAM Monograph 8, ISBN 0-918720-77-X (clothbound), 978-0-91872-077-1 (paperback–out of print) © 1986
The Fleury "Playbook": Essays and Studies
Edited by Thomas P. Campbell and Clifford Davidson
Growing out of a symposium on the Fleury Playbook at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, this book includes essays from the symposium, as well as additional papers written by scholars whose specialties were not represented at the conference. Each essay covers a unique topic in the study of the Playbook, utilizing a diverse set of methodological tools and interdisciplinary approaches for subjects which have not heretofore received adequate scholarly attention. The topics at hand are each of significant interest to the field at large.
EDAM Monograph 7, ISBN 0-918720-65-6 (clothbound–out of print), ISBN 0-918720-66-4 (paperback) © 1985
Homo, Memento Finis: The Iconography of Just Judgment in Medieval Art and Drama
Papers by David Bevington, Huston Diehl, Richard Kenneth Emmerson, Ronald Herzman and Pamela Sheingorn
David Bevington and the other contributors to this book look at this final event of history as depicted in pre-modern times, and the result is a work of scholarly precision that, according to Professor Bevington's introduction, "attempts to see medieval drama in the context of other medieval art forms."
EDAM Monograph 6, ISBN 0-918720-60-5 (clothbound) © 1985
Word, Picture, and Spectacle
Edited by Clifford Davidson
The topics covered include the symbolism of scatological illustration in Gothic manuscripts, connections between word and picture in religious art, and the relationship perceived between divine and human creativity.
EDAM Monograph 5, ISBN 0-918720-51-6 (clothbound) © 1985, ISBN 0-918720-50-5 (paperback) © 1984
The Early Art of Norfolk: A Subject List of Extant and Lost Art including Items Relevant to Early Drama
Ann Eljenholm Nichols
The book (double columns, 357 pages, plus plates) serves as a standard reference source for students of the ecclesiastical arts and also will provide an essential dimension for drama scholars.
EDAM Reference 7, ISBN 1-58044-034-7 (clothbound) © 2002
The Early Art of the West Riding of Yorkshire: A Subject List of Extant and Lost Art including Items Relevant to Early Drama
Barbara D. Palmer
Professor Palmer has systematically surveyed the art of the former West Riding of Yorkshire and has provided an iconographic index of this large region where medieval drama also flourished.
EDAM Reference 6, ISBN 0-918720-32-X (clothbound), ISBN 0-918720-33-8 (paperback–out of print) © 1990
The Easter Sepulchre in England
In addition to a catalog of Easter sepulchres in England, Professor Sheingorn has produced in her introduction a superb study of the ceremonies, rites and dramas associated with this structure.
EDAM Reference 5, ISBN 0-918720-79-6 (clothbound), 978-0-91872-079-5 (paperback–out of print) © 1987
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The Early Art of Coventry, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwick, and Lesser Sites in Warwickshire: A Subject List of Extant and Lost Art including Items Relevant to Early Drama
Clifford Davidson and Jennifer Alexander
The study of the early art of England can be frustrating for scholars, as the destruction by iconoclasm and neglect was very thorough in certain regions. This volume seeks to aid those studying the early art, including relics and musical iconography, of Coventry, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and other Warwickshire locations. Accompanied by 71 illustrations and 2 maps, the subject lists found within provide information from records and antiquarian accounts that should prove invaluable in visualizing the dimensions of the iconography of both lost and extant early art from the region.
EDAM Reference 4, ISBN 0-918720-63-X (clothbound), ISBN 0-918720-64-8 (paperback) © 1985
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Chester Art: A Subject List of Extant and Lost Art including Items Relevant to Early Drama
This book will serve as an invaluable research tool for students and scholars with an interest in art relating to early drama, as well as those whose interests lie more in local art history, specifically that of Chester. Though it may not contain the bumper-crop of surviving subject-art as a city such as York possesses, Chester nevertheless holds much of value and interest, as the list in this book aptly demonstrates. Richly illustrated and carefully arranged, this book is a tremendous catalog of surviving subject-art and will reward any scholar who pulls it from the bookshelf.
EDAM Reference 3, ISBN 0-918720-20-6 (clothbound), ISBN 0-918720-21-4 (paperback–out of print) © 1982
Forthcoming in this series
The Play About the Antichrist (Ludus de Antichristo)
Edited and translated by Carol Symes, with Kyle A. Thomas
The Play about the Antichrist (Ludus de Antichristo) was composed around 1160 at the imperial Bavarian abbey of Tegernsee, at a critical point in the power-struggle between the papacy and Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. This new translation and commentary reveals this drama to be strikingly representative of the role that theatrical performance played in shaping contemporary politics, diplomacy, and public opinion. It also shows how drama functioned as an integral component of the educational curricula of elite monastic institutions like Tegernsee, where political administrators and diplomats were trained.
In this new translation, Carol Symes provides the first full and faithful rendering of the play’s dynamic language, maintaining the meter, rhyme scheme, and stage directions of the Latin original and restoring the liturgical elements embedded in the text. Kyle A. Thomas, whose fully-staged production tested the theatricality of this translation, provides a new historical and dramaturgical analysis of the play’s rich interpretive and performative possibilities.