Staging Faith: East Anglian Drama in the Later Middle Ages

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INTRODUCTION

1. See "stage" MED. Use as a verb in the Middle English period was quite rare, and it was not, apparently, used in this sense for theatrical performances.

2. On the mystery cycles, see Eleanor Prosser, Drama and Religion in the English Mystery Plays (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1961); V. A. Kolve, The Play Called Corpus Christi (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1966); Rosemary Woolf, The English Mystery Plays (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1972); Clifford Davidson, From Creation to Doom: the York Cycle of Mystery Plays (New York: AMS Press, 1984); Martin Stevens, Four Middle English Mystery Cycles (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987).

3. There are exceptions to this rule, however. As a cyclic play, The N-Town Play has been discussed by Kolve, Prosser, and Stevens. Generic studies of the morality play have also had a considerable amount to say about East Anglian drama. For example, see Robert Potter, The English Morality Play (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1975); Sumiko Miyajima, The Theatre of Man: Dramatic Technique and Stagecraft in the English Moral Plays (Avon: Clevedon Press, 1977).

4. Early twentieth-century treatments of East Anglian records can be found in E. K. Chambers, The Medieval Stage, 2 vols. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1903), 2:140–44; Walter Mepham, "The History of Drama in Essex" (Ph.D. thesis, University of London, 1934). Most of the important early studies of East Anglian drama focused on the morality play. See, for example, Sister Mary Philippa Coogan, An Interpretation of the Moral Play, Mankind (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America, 1947); John J. Molloy, A Theological Interpretation of the Moral Play, Wisdom, Who Is Christ (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1952); Timothy Fry, "The Unity of the 'Ludus Coventriae,'" Studies in Philology 48 (1951): 527–70, among others referred to later in this study. Briefer and more general treatments can be found in Hardin Craig, English Religious Drama (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1950).

5. The Macro Plays, ed. Mark Eccles, EETS o.s., 262 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1969); Non-Cycle Plays and Fragments, ed. Norman Davis, EETS s.s. 1 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1970); The Late Medieval Religious Plays of Bodleian MSS Digby 133 and E Museo 160, ed. Donald C. Baker, John L. Murphy and Louis B. Hall, Jr., EETS o.s., 283 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982); The N-Town Play, ed. Stephen Spector, 2 vols. EETS s.s., 11–12 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996); sections of the N-Town Play are also published in The Mary Play from the N. Town Manuscript, ed. Peter Meredith (London: Longman, 1987); The Passion Play from the N. Town Manuscript, ed. Peter Meredith (London: Longman, 1990).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 7
  • Acknowledgments 9
  • Introduction 11
  • 1: [Si Placet] 21
  • 2: Devotional Images and Stagecraft 41
  • 3: Processional Action and Devotional Imagery in the Simple Place-And-Scaffold Play 66
  • 4: From Soul to Social England 106
  • 5: Staging Faith 146
  • The N-Town Play and Conclusions 191
  • Notes 203
  • Bibliography 244
  • Index 268
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