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The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance

1st Edition

Edited by Pamela King


352 pages

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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 neededreassessment 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


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.

About the Editor

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General