Academic journal article Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England

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Academic journal article Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England

Foreword

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In MaRDiE 32 we are delighted to publish a special symposium on the Wakefield Second Shepherds' Play. The occasion for the symposium occurred on December 2, 2017, when a company of actors from Syracuse University's Department of Drama performed the play at Colgate University. A collection of scholarly papers and discussions of the performance and play ensued. The topics of conversation ranged from directing strategies to medieval economics and the music that was originally performed within the play to former productions at the University of Rochester and the Folger Library in Washington, DC. Three of those papers, introduced by Lynn Staley, are printed here.

Five additional essays follow the symposium. Kent R. Lehnhof realigns our understanding of "twinship" and kingship in the Tudor biblical drama Jacob and Esau, extending the uses of these literary devices into Shakespeare's As You Like It and The Comedy of Errors. Liz Fox considers the ways in which aesthetic and economic "competitions" are informed by a form of classical debate known as the paragone in Thomas Heywood's If You Know Not Me II. Misha Teramura reassesses William Percy's play Mahomet and His Heaven through his explication of a "choreographed poem that synthesizes philosophical, nautical, and musical ideas into what Percy describes as 'A Logicall Nauticall Song in Fuge. …

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