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Medieval Drama by Greg Walker
Book DescriptionThis comprehensive anthology brings together a diverse collection of dramatic writing from the late fourteenth century to the onset of the Renaissance. The volume presents for the first time the key plays of the period in their entirety, alongside more unusual selections, covering religious narrative, religion and conscience, and politics and morality. The first section focuses on Biblical plays, including coherent sequences of the narrative Cycle plays from York and N-Town and supporting pageants from Chester and Wakefield. This approach allows a clear narrative line to develop, and permits the comparison of the treatment of key stories between the Cycles. The selected material demonstrates how the drama of the towns and cities of East Anglia and the North of England mediated religious culture to a heterodox urban audience, and explored biblical events in an intensely contemporary setting. In the second and third sections, the attention turns to secular drama, and the Moral Plays and Interludes. The featured texts illustrate the range of themes and issues covered, from the salvation of the individual human soul to the renovation of the political nation, and the variety of settings and audiences for which the plays were designed. The flexibility of the Interlude form is explored, as are the ways in which it was utilised by playwrights and their patrons to address issues of direct political and social concern to them and their audiences. Medieval Drama: An Anthology is an indispensable guide to the breadth and depth of dramatic activity in medieval Britain.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780631217275
(246mm x 173mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Greg Walker
Imagining Spectatorship, Paperback (April 2016)
Imagining Spectatorship is a highly innovative study in the emerging area of early spectatorship, focusing on the spectators' experience to offer new perspectives on early drama.
Oxford Anthology of Tudor Drama, Paperback (April 2016)
The first comprehensive anthology of English drama in the long Tudor century, The Oxford Anthology of Tudor Drama contains sixteen of the most important plays from the long Tudor century (1485-1603) newly edited in accessible modern spelling.
Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama, Paperback (January 2016)
This is the first comprehensive study of Tudor drama that sees the long 16th century from the accession of Henry Tudor to the death of Elizabeth as a whole, taking in the numinous drama of the 'Mystery Plays' and the early work of Shakespeare. It is an invaluable account of current scholarship and an introduction to the complexity of Tudor drama.
Reading Literature Historically, Hardback (February 2013)» View all books by Greg Walker
How far should we try to read medieval and early modern texts historically? Does the attempt to uncover how such texts might have been received by their original readers and audiences uncover new, hitherto unexpected contemporary resonances in them? This book makes the case for reading medieval and early Tudor literature historically.
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Author Biography - Greg Walker
Greg Walker is Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Leicester. His previous publications include John Skelton and the Politics of the 1520s (1998), Plays of Persuasion: Drama and Politics at the Court of Henry VIII (1991), Persuasive Fictions: Factions, Faith and Political Culture in the Reign of Henry VIII (1996), and The Politics of Performance in Early-Renaissance Drama (1998).
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