To Play the Fool: The Book of Esther in Early Modern Biblical Drama

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In her chapter, Chanita Goodblatt discusses English, German and Yiddish dramatisations of the Book of Esther. She focuses specifically on the performative dimensions of the Fool, enacted through two different dramaturgical strategies: in comic interludes; or inserted directly into the narrative. Goodblatt discusses the Fool as an exemplar of the Bakhtinian carnivalesque, enacted through parodic language and embodying (in the material and corporeal aspects of its performance) his ultimate authority as incisive commentator on monarchy, family, and religious tradition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnacting the Bible in Medieval and Early Modern Drama
EditorsEva von Contzen, Chanita Goodblatt
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781526131607
ISBN (Print)9781526131591
StatePublished - 13 Mar 2020

Publication series

NameManchester Medieval Literature and Culture


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