1999; paperback edition, 2003
The recipient of the annual Award for Outstanding Book in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, This Is My Body realigns representational practices in the early Middle Ages with current debates on the nature of representation. Michal Kobialkai's study views the medieval concept of representation as having been in flux and crossed by different modes of seeing, until it was stabilized by the constitutions of the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215. Kobialka argues that the concept of representation in the early Middle Ages had little to do with the tradition that considers representation in terms of Aristotle or Plato; rather, it was enshrined in the interpretation of Hoc est corpus meum [This is my body]-the words spoken by Christ to the apostles at the Last Supper-and in establishing the visibility of the body of Christ that had disappeared from view.
A book-length study of representational practices of the medieval drama and theatre in the period from 970x973 till 1215. The book received the 2000 ATHE Research Award for Outstanding Book in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy.