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Lofton Leon Durham
Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200)

Jacques Milet's Destruction of Troy and the Making of the French Nation

Preparation of a book-length study on the 15th-century French play, The Destruction of Troy, by Jacques Milet.

My book project, Medieval Theatre at the Center: Jacques Milet’s Destruction of Troy and the Making of a Nation, looks at how theatre, both live and in its documentary afterlife, shaped and reflected widely-held beliefs about the emergent French nation from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries. Milet's 1452 play embodied the movement happening in many quarters to connect the ancient royal family of Troy and the people of France. But Milet also saw the errors of France’s past rulers reflected in the fall of Troy’s leaders, and sought to use the play to advise and educate France’s current rulers and her people alike. Milet’s works, designed for circulation in performance, manuscript, image, and finally in print, engaged these ideas through the early 17th century. The 2017 Summer Stipend will support two separate activities: the revision of part one of the manuscript; and translations of all extant performance records and the critical edition of the play’s Letter of Epilogue.

Project fields:
Theater History and Criticism

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 6/30/2017