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The Medieval Theatre

Author : Glynne Wickham
ISBN : 0521312485
Genre : Drama
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This is a thoroughly revised edition of Glynne Wickham's important history of the development of dramatic art in Christian Europe. Professor Wickham surveys the foundations on which this dramatic art was built: the architecture, costumes and ceremonial of the imperial court at Byzantium, the liturgies of countires in the Eastern and Western Empires and the triumph of the Roman rite and the Romanesque style in Western art. Within this context Professor Wickham describes three major influences upon the drama: religion, recreation and commerce. The first produced the liturgical music drama rooted in praise of Christ the King, vernacular Corpus Christi drama, Saint Plays and Moralities centred on the humanity of Christ. The second gave rise to the secular theatres of social recreation based on the games and dances of village communities ad the more sophisticated sex and war games of the nobility. The section on commerce shows how the development of the drama was intimately related to questions of funding and management which led, during the sixteenth century, to the substitution of a professional for an amateur theatre, and to a growing emphasis on stage spectacle. For this third edition the author has added a substantial section on monastic reform and its effect on Biblical translation and the use of allegory; a final chapter charts the transition in different European countries from this medieval Gothic theatre to the neoclassical methods of play construction and representation which flourished for the next two hundred years. The book gorges a coherent pattern through a very large and complicated subject. It is an excellent introduction to medieval theatre for undergraduates and to the growing number of theatregoers who enjoy contemporary revivals of medieval plays. A large plate section gives a pictorial version of the story, using photographs of contemporary manuscript illuminations, mosaics, frescoes, paintings and sculptures.
Category: Drama

Ancient And Medieval Theatre

Author : Ronald W. Vince
ISBN : 0313241074
Genre : History
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Review of medieval dramatic texts S.131-149.
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The Medieval Theater Of Cruelty

Author : Jody Enders
ISBN : 0801487838
Genre : History
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Why did medieval dramatists weave so many scenes of torture into their plays? Exploring the cultural connections among rhetoric, law, drama, literary creation, and violence, Jody Enders addresses an issue that has long troubled students of the Middle Ages. Theories of rhetoric and law of the time reveal, she points out, that the ideology of torture was a widely accepted means for exploiting such essential elements of the stage and stagecraft as dramatic verisimilitude, pity, fear, and catharsis to fabricate truth. Analyzing the consequences of torture for the history of aesthetics in general and of drama in particular, Enders shows that if the violence embedded in the history of rhetoric is acknowledged, we are better able to understand not only the enduring theater of cruelty identified by theorists from Isidore of Seville to Antonin Artaud, but also the continuing modern devotion to the spectacle of pain. --Ann Blake "Theatre Journal"
Category: History

The Cambridge Companion To Medieval English Theatre

Author : Richard Beadle
ISBN : 0521459168
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The mystery plays and other drama of the English Middle Ages are perennially popular with students and theater audiences alike. This book gives an up-to-date account of the field, aimed at students of English literature and theater, as well as showing how the plays can be appreciated by the theater-going public in modern productions. It introduces new readers to famous mystery cycles such as those of Chester and York, and to great morality plays such as Everyman. There is a strong emphasis on theatricality, with numerous illustrations and valuable reference material.
Category: Literary Criticism

Medieval Drama

Author : Christine Richardson
ISBN : 9781349211807
Genre : Literature
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Medieval Drama is a textbook, designed to be used by A level and undergraduate students of theatre and drama. It is divided into two major areas, mystery cycles and morality plays, and it examines the plays from a performance perspective. The book makes special reference to those texts contained within selections of plays which can be readily obtained by students, including A.C. Cawley's Everyman and Medieval Miracle Plays (Dent). The staging conventions of pageant waggon performance, place and scaffold playing and the drama of the Hall are explored in relation to the cultural context of the medieval period.
Category: Literature

The Medieval Theatre

Author : Glynne William Gladstone Wickham
ISBN : UCSC:32106001680351
Genre : Theater
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This is a thoroughly revised edition of Glynne Wickham's important history of the development of dramatic art in Christian Europe. Professor Wickham surveys the foundations on which this dramatic art was built: the architecture, costumes and ceremonial of the imperial court at Byzantium, the liturgies of countires in the Eastern and Western Empires and the triumph of the Roman rite and the Romanesque style in Western art. Within this context Professor Wickham describes three major influences upon the drama: religion, recreation and commerce. The first produced the liturgical music drama rooted in praise of Christ the King, vernacular Corpus Christi drama, Saint Plays and Moralities centred on the humanity of Christ. The second gave rise to the secular theatres of social recreation based on the games and dances of village communities ad the more sophisticated sex and war games of the nobility. The section on commerce shows how the development of the drama was intimately related to questions of funding and management which led, during the sixteenth century, to the substitution of a professional for an amateur theatre, and to a growing emphasis on stage spectacle. For this third edition the author has added a substantial section on monastic reform and its effect on Biblical translation and the use of allegory; a final chapter charts the transition in different European countries from this medieval Gothic theatre to the neoclassical methods of play construction and representation which flourished for the next two hundred years. The book gorges a coherent pattern through a very large and complicated subject. It is an excellent introduction to medieval theatre for undergraduates and to the growing number of theatregoers who enjoy contemporary revivals of medieval plays. A large plate section gives a pictorial version of the story, using photographs of contemporary manuscript illuminations, mosaics, frescoes, paintings and sculptures.
Category: Theater

The Medieval Theatre

Author : Glynne Wickham
ISBN : 0297776924
Genre : Theater
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Theatres of worship - Drama of prophets, saints and martyrs - Drama of repentance - Drama of moral instruction - Theatres and recreation - Drama and nature - Folk festivals - Mummer's plays - Drama and natural man - Civic pageantry - Interludes - Strolling players - Morality plays__________
Category: Theater

Gender And Medieval Drama

Author : Katie Normington
ISBN : 1843840278
Genre : Drama
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Evidence from Records of Early English Drama, social, literary and cultural sources are drawn together in order to investigate how performances within the late Middle Ages were both shaped by, and shaped, the public image of women."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Drama

Medieval Theatre Performance

Author : Philip Butterworth
ISBN : 9781843844761
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Investigations into the "realities" of staging dramatic performances, of a variety of kinds, in the middle ages.
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Medieval Theatre In Context An Introduction

Author : John Harris
ISBN : 9781134961894
Genre : Performing Arts
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First Published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company.
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The Medieval Drama

Author : Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Los Angeles, Calif.)
ISBN : 0873950852
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The religious medieval drama, like the Church which produced it, was international. As such, from its earliest beginnings in the tenth-century Quem quaeritis to the thirteenth-century Ludi Paschales and Passion Plays, it exhibits a cultural and thematic unity binding the various plays: a thematic unity from the fabric of Christian thought, and a cultural unity from the fact that these productions, at least up to the end of the thirteenth century, generally share a technical-philological medium: the Latin language. In later centuries, this religious drama expressed in the vernacular remained an act of faith; its purpose being to strengthen the faith of the worshippers and to express in visible, dramatic terms the facts and values of Christian belief. These essays were, in their original form, addressed to the third annual conference of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton. The work of international authorities on the medieval drama, they span many centuries and bear witness to the growth of the religious dramatic form and of the dramatic movement and temper of the liturgy in which that form finds its origin. Omer Jodogne establishes a difference, on the aesthetic level, between dramatic works and their theatrical performance by pointing out that the surviving texts, whether they were meant for reading or for a theatrical performance, reproduce only what was said on the stage, and, succinctly, what was done. Wolfgang Michael suggests that the first medieval drama did not originate in a slow growth from the Easter trope Quem quaeritis but was rather an original creation of the author or authors of the Concordia Regularis. He indicates that subsequent dramatic endeavors in their slow process of change and expansion reflect the working of tradition rather than an original spirit and form. Sandro Sticca examines the creation of the first Passion Play and shows that Christ's passion became increasingly popular in the tenth century, and that the new forces which allowed a more eloquent and humane visualization and description of Christ's anguish first appeared in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. He also refutes the traditional view that the Planctus Mariae is the germinal point of the Latin Passion Play. V. A. Kolve seeks to account for certain central facts about Everyman which have never had close critical attention. He analyzes the Biblical and Patristic references within which the story is shaped and which are central to the understanding of other actions and to determining the meaning of the play. Glynn Wickham, after exploding on the evidence of reference alone the old categorizing of English Saint Plays as by-products or late developments of Mysteries and Moralities, turns to a critical discussion of the three surviving texts of English Saint Plays and of their original staging by means of diagrammatic illustrations providing a vivid visualization of their performance. William Smolden takes an unaccustomed approach to the controversial question of the origins of the Quem quaeritis. He maintains that when musical evidence is called on, it brings about, on a number of occasions, a confutation of the theory of a "textual" writer. From a detailed consideration of the two earliest Quem quaeritis he feels convinced that the place of origin of the trope was the Abbey of St. Martial of Limoges.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Theatre In The Middle Ages

Author : William Tydeman
ISBN : 0521293049
Genre : Drama
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William Tydeman covers central aspects of western European theatre from the Dark Ages to the building of the first public theatres towards the end of the sixteenth century.
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Medieval Drama

Author : David M. Bevington
ISBN : 160384838X
Genre : Drama
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This reprint (with updated 'Suggestions for Further Reading') of the Houghton Mifflin edition makes David Bevington's classic anthology of medieval drama available again at an affordable price.
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The Medieval Drama

Author : Sandro Sticca
ISBN : 9781438421278
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The religious medieval drama, like the Church which produced it, was international. As such, from its earliest beginnings in the tenth-century Quem quaeritis to the thirteenth-century Ludi Paschales and Passion Plays, it exhibits a cultural and thematic unity binding the various plays: a thematic unity from the fabric of Christian thought, and a cultural unity from the fact that these productions, at least up to the end of the thirteenth century, generally share a technical-philological medium: the Latin language. In later centuries, this religious drama expressed in the vernacular remained an act of faith; its purpose being to strengthen the faith of the worshippers and to express in visible, dramatic terms the facts and values of Christian belief. These essays were, in their original form, addressed to the third annual conference of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton. The work of international authorities on the medieval drama, they span many centuries and bear witness to the growth of the religious dramatic form and of the dramatic movement and temper of the liturgy in which that form finds its origin. Omer Jodogne establishes a difference, on the aesthetic level, between dramatic works and their theatrical performance by pointing out that the surviving texts, whether they were meant for reading or for a theatrical performance, reproduce only what was said on the stage, and, succinctly, what was done. Wolfgang Michael suggests that the first medieval drama did not originate in a slow growth from the Easter trope Quem quaeritis but was rather an original creation of the author or authors of the Concordia Regularis. He indicates that subsequent dramatic endeavors in their slow process of change and expansion reflect the working of tradition rather than an original spirit and form. Sandro Sticca examines the creation of the first Passion Play and shows that Christ’s passion became increasingly popular in the tenth century, and that the new forces which allowed a more eloquent and humane visualization and description of Christ’s anguish first appeared in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. He also refutes the traditional view that the Planctus Mariae is the germinal point of the Latin Passion Play. V. A. Kolve seeks to account for certain central facts about Everyman which have never had close critical attention. He analyzes the Biblical and Patristic references within which the story is shaped and which are central to the understanding of other actions and to determining the meaning of the play. Glynn Wickham, after exploding on the evidence of reference alone the old categorizing of English Saint Plays as by-products or late developments of Mysteries and Moralities, turns to a critical discussion of the three surviving texts of English Saint Plays and of their original staging by means of diagrammatic illustrations providing a vivid visualization of their performance. William Smolden takes an unaccustomed approach to the controversial question of the origins of the Quem quaeritis. He maintains that when musical evidence is called on, it brings about, on a number of occasions, a confutation of the theory of a “textual” writer. From a detailed consideration of the two earliest Quem quaeritis he feels convinced that the place of origin of the trope was the Abbey of St. Martial of Limoges.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Medieval European Stage 500 1550

Author : Peter Meredith
ISBN : 0521246091
Genre : Drama
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Presents, in modern English translation, a selection of documents from the medieval theatre.
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A Companion To The Medieval Theatre

Author : Ronald W. Vince
ISBN : UOM:39015014878634
Genre : Performing Arts
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Vince has provided a useful and, for the most part, usable reference work. His introduction should be required reading for anyone approaching medieval theater. Choice Scholars increasingly see medieval theatre as a complex and vital performance medium related more closely to political, religious, and social life than to literature as we know it. Reflecting the current interest in performance, A Companion to the Medieval Theatre presents 250 alphabetically arranged entries offering a panoramic view of European and British theatrical productions between the years 900 and 1550. The volume features 30 essays contributed by an international group of specialists and includes many shorter entries as well as systematic cross-referencing, a chronology, a bibliography, and a full complement of indexes. Major entries focus on the theatres of the principal linguistic areas (the British Isles, France, Germany, Iberia, Italy, Scandinavia, the Low Countries, and Eastern Europe), and on dramatic forms and genres such as liturgical drama, Passion and saint plays, morality plays, folk drama, and Humanist drama. Other articles examine costume, acting, pageantry, and music, and explore the theatrical dimension of courtly entertainment, the dance, and the tournament. Short entries supply information on over one hundred playwrights, directors, actors and antiquarians whose contributions to the theatre have been documented. This informative guide brings new depth to our appreciation of the richness and color of medieval public entertainments and the symbolism and pageantry that were a part of daily life in the Middle Ages. Designed to appeal to general reader, this volume is also an attractive choice for libraries serving students and scholars of theatre history, English and European literatures, medieval history, cultural history, drama, and performance.
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A Common Stage

Author : Carol Symes
ISBN : 0801445817
Genre : Drama
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Medieval Arras was a thriving town on the frontier between the kingdom of France and the county of Flanders, and home to Europe's earliest surviving vernacular plays: The Play of St. Nicholas, The Courtly Lad of Arras, The Boy and the Blind Man, The Play of the Bower, and The Play about Robin and about Marion. In A Common Stage, Carol Symes undertakes a cultural archeology of these artifacts, analyzing the processes by which a handful of entertainments were conceived, transmitted, received, and recorded during the thirteenth century. She then places the resulting scripts alongside other documented performances with which plays shared a common space and vocabulary: the crying of news, publication of law, preaching of sermons, telling of stories, celebration of liturgies, and arrangement of civic spectacles. She thereby shows how groups and individuals gained access to various means of publicity, participated in public life, and shaped public opinion. And she reveals that the theater of the Middle Ages was not merely a mirror of society but a social and political sphere, a vital site for the exchange of information and ideas, and a vibrant medium for debate, deliberation, and dispute. The result is a book that closes the gap between the scattered textual remnants of medieval drama and the culture of performance from which that drama emerged. A Common Stage thus challenges the prevalent understanding of theater history while offering the first comprehensive history of a community often credited with the invention of French as a powerful literary language. --Claire Sponsler, University of Iowa "Comitatus"
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