Medieval Tales in Performance

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you of the existence of an exciting new performance platform, and to remind you of two other performance websites—all of which can be valuable to you in your teaching of the Middle Ages, and potentially in your scholarship as well.

The new performance platform is on Youtube and is titled “Medieval Tales in Performance”; its URL is   It showcases the exciting work of a number of young professional actors–and a highly talented videographer–who are doing great (and some unusual) scenes from medieval literature in a sophisticated and professional manner. The site also has links to medieval music and many other aspects of medieval culture. I think your students will really enjoy it!

And we remind you of “Performing Medieval Narrative Today: A Video Showcase” –   This site now contains over 200 clips of medieval narrative. It is a tremendous resource for all who teach medieval literature—your students can see and hear how scenes they read  might have been performed, or can be performed today. The site also has a bibliography, teaching tips and other useful tools.

Finally we remind you of our Vimeo site, devoted exclusively to Arthurian literature: “Arthurian Legend Performed” (  Some of the clips are performed in the original languages; we plan to continue to expand this site.

All of these clips, on the various platforms, can be viewed on your cell phone as well as on your computer.

We welcome your feedback–and your suggestions for new clips.

Cheers—and wishing you a great year,
Timmie Vitz and Marilyn Lawrence
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Evelyn (Timmie) Birge Vitz
Professor of French, New York University

Acting Director of Undergraduate Study in French
Affiliated Professor of Comparative Literature, Medieval
and Renaissance Studies, and Religious Studies
19 University Place, #623, New York, NY 10003
New! “Medieval Tales in Performance”:
“Performing Medieval Narrative Today: A Video Showcase” –  
“Arthurian Legend Performed” – 
NYU Research page:

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