Even though the representatives of the medieval Church seemed to have been adamantly opposed to the expression of humor and laughter, a closer analysis of numerous vernacular plays based on biblical themes reveals that humor mattered much and was utilized strategically to connect the spiritual events with ordinary people's common concerns about their private lives. This paper examines this thesis in light of the Hessisches Weihnachtsspiel, the Innsbrucker Osterspiel, the Erlauer Weihnachtsspiel, the Osterspiel von Muri, and others, where we commonly observe how the element of the numinosum is drastically paired with trivial, mundane statements and actions. This blending of the sacred with the secular obviously served to create laughter and thereby also established a better connectivity between the audience and the spiritual dimension presented on the stage.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Medievalia et Humanistica|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2019|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Visual Arts and Performing Arts
- Literature and Literary Theory