1st Edition

The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance

Edited By Pamela King Copyright 2017
    364 Pages
    by Routledge

    364 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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.


    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.