The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre

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Richard Beadle
Cambridge University Press, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 372 pages
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The drama of the English Middle Ages is perennially popular with students and theatre audiences alike. This book provides an authoritative introduction and an up-to-date, illustrated guide to the mystery cycles, morality drama and saints' plays which flourished from the late fourteenth to the mid-sixteenth centuries. The book emphasises regional diversity in the period and engages with the literary, and particularly the theatrical values of the plays. After a general introduction there are chapters devoted to each of the major regional cycles, the less-well known East Anglian and Cornish traditions, the morality drama and saints' plays. Two illustrated chapters are devoted to the performance of medieval plays, in their own time and in recent modern revivals. A full reference section includes a guide to scholarship and criticism, an extensive classified bibliography and a chronological table.
  

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What a handy little reference guide this is; I first encountered it in college and have since used it several times in research as a starting point of theories and clarifications. If you're doing ... Read full review

Contents

An introduction to medieval English plays
1
The theatrically of medieval English plays
37
The York cycle
85
The Chester cycle
109
The Towneley cycle
134
The NTown plays
163
The noncycle plays and the East Anglian tradition
189
The Cornish medieval drama
211
Morality plays
240
Saints plays
265
Modern productions of medieval English plays
290
A guide to criticism of medieval English theatre
312
Select Bibliography
344
Author index to the bibliography
365
General Index
368
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