Early Social Performance

This series addresses a gap in the market by publishing monographs, themed collections of essays, and editions relating to performance in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period that includes, but is not confined to, drama, visual art, music, and dance. It addresses those areas of social performance which slip down the conventional disciplinary cracks, such as processions, tournaments, proclamations, and other courtly, civic, and rural ritual practices. It will also consider treatments of, for instance, clothing, poetry, architecture, sport, story-telling, and any other human social activity which can be construed as performative.

Geographical Scope


Chronological Scope

c. 300-1700 CE


visual art – performative aspects; music; dance; processions, tournaments, proclamations, courtly, civic, and rural ritual practices; clothing; sport; story-telling and poetry as performance; architecture and performativity

Editorial Contact

Titles in Production or Contracted

Max Harris (Madison, Wisconsin), Christ on a Donkey – Palm Sunday, Triumphal Entries, and Blasphemous Pageants

Series Editors