1st Edition

The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance

Edited By

Pamela King





ISBN 9780367736620
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
364 Pages

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Book Description

The study of early drama has undergone a quiet revolution in the last four decades, radically altering critical approaches to form, genre, and canon. Drawing on disciplines from art history to musicology and reception studies, The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance reconsiders early "drama" as a mixed mode entertainment best studied not only alongside non-dramatic texts, but also other modes of performance.



From performance before the playhouse to the afterlife of medieval drama in the contemporary avant-garde, this stunning collection of essays is divided into four sections:







  • Northern European Playing before the Playhouse;






  • Modes of Production and Reception;






  • Reviewing the Anglophone Tradition;






  • The Long Middle Ages




Offering a much needed reassessment of what is generally understood as "English medieval drama", The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance provides an invaluable resource for both students and scholars of medieval studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction



Pamela M. King





Section 1: Northern European Playing before the Playhouse



Chapter 1.



Liturgical Enactment



Nils Holger Petersen



Chapter 2.



Arras, where burghers and jongleurs meet, play, and develop forms – afterwards seen as theatre…



Jelle Koopmans



Chapter 3.



The Early "Anglo-Norman" and French tradition



Robert Clark



Chapter 4.



Drama in Cornwall, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Brittany



David N. Klausner



Chapter 5.



Playing in Northern Europe: Setting the Stage for the Low Countries.



Elsa Strietman





Section 2: Modes of Production and Reception



Chapter 6.



Word and Image in Early Performance



Véronique Plesch



Chapter 7.



Playing with Time’s End: Cultivating Sincere Contrition in Medieval Last Judgment Performances



Jill Stevenson



Chapter 8.



Researching Court Performance



Sarah Carpenter



Chapter 9.



Dance and Gesture as Media for Dramatic Expression



Frances Eustace



Chapter 10.



Robin Hood Plays and Combat Games



John Marshall





Section 3: Reviewing the Anglophone Tradition



Chapter 11



English Biblical Drama



Alexandra F. Johnston



Chapter 12



Morality Plays and the Aftermath of Arundel’s Constitutions



Charlotte Steenbrugge



Chapter 13



Rehabilitating Academic Drama



Stephanie Allen, Elisabeth Dutton & James McBain



Chapter 14



The Interlude



Andrew Hiscock



Chapter 15



Touring Players and their Plays before 1570



Peter Greenfield





Section 4: The Long Middle Ages



Chapter 16



Manuscripts, antiquarians, editors and critics: the historiography of reception.



Pamela M. King



Chapter 17



Re-enacting the past: medieval English biblical plays and some modern analogues



Margaret Rogerson



Chapter 18.



The Processional Theatre of Palm Sunday



Max Harris



Chapter 19.



The Medieval and the Avant Garde: an Interview with avant garde multi-media medievalist-practitioner/deviser Gro Siri Ognøy Johansen (Norway)



Nils Holger Petersen and Pamela M. King.

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Biography

Pamela M. King is Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Glasgow. She is an interdisciplinary medievalist publishing on late medieval English literature, theatre, tomb sculpture, and manuscripts, as well as civic festivals past and present.