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:
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.
Pamela M. King
Section 1: Northern European Playing before the Playhouse
Nils Holger Petersen
Arras, where burghers and jongleurs meet, play, and develop forms – afterwards seen as theatre…
The Early "Anglo-Norman" and French tradition
Drama in Cornwall, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Brittany
David N. Klausner
Playing in Northern Europe: Setting the Stage for the Low Countries.
Section 2: Modes of Production and Reception
Word and Image in Early Performance
Playing with Time’s End: Cultivating Sincere Contrition in Medieval Last Judgment Performances
Researching Court Performance
Dance and Gesture as Media for Dramatic Expression
Robin Hood Plays and Combat Games
Section 3: Reviewing the Anglophone Tradition
English Biblical Drama
Alexandra F. Johnston
Morality Plays and the Aftermath of Arundel’s Constitutions
Rehabilitating Academic Drama
Stephanie Allen, Elisabeth Dutton & James McBain
Touring Players and their Plays before 1570
Section 4: The Long Middle Ages
Manuscripts, antiquarians, editors and critics: the historiography of reception.
Pamela M. King
Re-enacting the past: medieval English biblical plays and some modern analogues
The Processional Theatre of Palm Sunday
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.