The Medieval Theatre

This is a thoroughly revised edition of Glynne Wickham's important history of the development of dramatic art in Christian Europe.

Author: Glynne Wickham

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521312486

Category: Drama

Page: 260

View: 290

This is a thoroughly revised edition of Glynne Wickham's important history of the development of dramatic art in Christian Europe. Professor Wickham surveys the foundations on which this dramatic art was built: the architecture, costumes and ceremonial of the imperial court at Byzantium, the liturgies of countires in the Eastern and Western Empires and the triumph of the Roman rite and the Romanesque style in Western art. Within this context Professor Wickham describes three major influences upon the drama: religion, recreation and commerce. The first produced the liturgical music drama rooted in praise of Christ the King, vernacular Corpus Christi drama, Saint Plays and Moralities centred on the humanity of Christ. The second gave rise to the secular theatres of social recreation based on the games and dances of village communities ad the more sophisticated sex and war games of the nobility. The section on commerce shows how the development of the drama was intimately related to questions of funding and management which led, during the sixteenth century, to the substitution of a professional for an amateur theatre, and to a growing emphasis on stage spectacle. For this third edition the author has added a substantial section on monastic reform and its effect on Biblical translation and the use of allegory; a final chapter charts the transition in different European countries from this medieval Gothic theatre to the neoclassical methods of play construction and representation which flourished for the next two hundred years. The book gorges a coherent pattern through a very large and complicated subject. It is an excellent introduction to medieval theatre for undergraduates and to the growing number of theatregoers who enjoy contemporary revivals of medieval plays. A large plate section gives a pictorial version of the story, using photographs of contemporary manuscript illuminations, mosaics, frescoes, paintings and sculptures.

The Medieval Theater of Cruelty

Exploring the cultural connections among rhetoric, law, drama, literary creation, and violence, Jody Enders addresses an issue that has long troubled students of the Middle Ages.

Author: Jody Enders

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501720856

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 998

Why did medieval dramatists weave so many scenes of torture into their plays? Exploring the cultural connections among rhetoric, law, drama, literary creation, and violence, Jody Enders addresses an issue that has long troubled students of the Middle Ages. Theories of rhetoric and law of the time reveal, she points out, that the ideology of torture was a widely accepted means for exploiting such essential elements of the stage and stagecraft as dramatic verisimilitude, pity, fear, and catharsis to fabricate truth. Analyzing the consequences of torture for the history of aesthetics in general and of drama in particular, Enders shows that if the violence embedded in the history of rhetoric is acknowledged, we are better able to understand not only the enduring "theater of cruelty" identified by theorists from Isidore of Seville to Antonin Artaud, but also the continuing modern devotion to the spectacle of pain.

A Companion to the Medieval Theatre

Designed to appeal to general reader, this volume is also an attractive choice for libraries serving students and scholars of theatre history, English and European literatures, medieval history, cultural history, drama, and performance.

Author: Ronald W. Vince

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 420

View: 408

Vince has provided a useful and, for the most part, usable reference work. His introduction should be required reading for anyone approaching medieval theater. Choice Scholars increasingly see medieval theatre as a complex and vital performance medium related more closely to political, religious, and social life than to literature as we know it. Reflecting the current interest in performance, A Companion to the Medieval Theatre presents 250 alphabetically arranged entries offering a panoramic view of European and British theatrical productions between the years 900 and 1550. The volume features 30 essays contributed by an international group of specialists and includes many shorter entries as well as systematic cross-referencing, a chronology, a bibliography, and a full complement of indexes. Major entries focus on the theatres of the principal linguistic areas (the British Isles, France, Germany, Iberia, Italy, Scandinavia, the Low Countries, and Eastern Europe), and on dramatic forms and genres such as liturgical drama, Passion and saint plays, morality plays, folk drama, and Humanist drama. Other articles examine costume, acting, pageantry, and music, and explore the theatrical dimension of courtly entertainment, the dance, and the tournament. Short entries supply information on over one hundred playwrights, directors, actors and antiquarians whose contributions to the theatre have been documented. This informative guide brings new depth to our appreciation of the richness and color of medieval public entertainments and the symbolism and pageantry that were a part of daily life in the Middle Ages. Designed to appeal to general reader, this volume is also an attractive choice for libraries serving students and scholars of theatre history, English and European literatures, medieval history, cultural history, drama, and performance.

The Medieval Theatre in the Round

Author: Richard Southern

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Arena theater

Page: 240

View: 239


Medieval Theatre in Context An Introduction

First Published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company.

Author: John Harris

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134961898

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 991

First Published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company.

The Medieval European Stage 500 1550

Presents, in modern English translation, a selection of documents from the medieval theatre.

Author: Peter Meredith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521246095

Category: Drama

Page: 720

View: 936

Presents, in modern English translation, a selection of documents from the medieval theatre.

English Medieval Theatre 1400 1500

Author: William Tydeman

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780710098504

Category: English drama

Page: 221

View: 761


Ancient and Medieval Theatre

Review of medieval dramatic texts S.131-149.

Author: Ronald W. Vince

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313241079

Category: History

Page: 156

View: 844

Review of medieval dramatic texts S.131-149.

Staging Conventions in Medieval English Theatre

Examines staging conventions in the medieval English theatre and ways in which they conditioned the reactions of the audience.

Author: Philip Butterworth

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107015480

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 283

View: 503

"How was medieval English theatre performed? Many of the modern theatrical concepts and terms used today to discuss the nature of medieval English theatre were never used in medieval times. Concepts and terms such as character, characterisation, truth and belief, costume, acting style, amateur, professional, stage directions, effects and special effects are all examples of post-medieval terms that have been applied to the English theatre. Little has been written about staging conventions in the performance of medieval English theatre, and the identity and value of these conventions has often been overlooked. In this book, Philip Butterworth analyses dormant evidence of theatrical processes such as casting, doubling of parts, rehearsing, memorising, cueing, entering, exiting, playing, expounding, prompting, delivering effects, timing, hearing, seeing and responding. All these concerns point to a very different kind of theatre from the naturalistic theatre produced today"--

The Medieval Theatre

Theatres of worship - Drama of prophets, saints and martyrs - Drama of repentance - Drama of moral instruction - Theatres and recreation - Drama and nature - Folk festivals - Mummer's plays - Drama and natural man - Civic pageantry - ...

Author: Glynne William Gladstone Wickham

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Theater

Page: 245

View: 834

Theatres of worship - Drama of prophets, saints and martyrs - Drama of repentance - Drama of moral instruction - Theatres and recreation - Drama and nature - Folk festivals - Mummer's plays - Drama and natural man - Civic pageantry - Interludes - Strolling players - Morality plays__________

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre

A comprehensive, illustrated companion to the perennially popular drama of the English Middle Ages.

Author: Richard Beadle

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521459167

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 372

View: 431

A comprehensive, illustrated companion to the perennially popular drama of the English Middle Ages.

Liturgical Drama and the Reimagining of Medieval Theater

This ground-breaking work examines "liturgical drama" according to the contexts of their presentations within the manuscripts and books that preserve them.

Author: Michael Norton

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 1580442633

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 512

The expression "liturgical drama" was formulated in 1834 as a metaphor and hardened into formal category only later in the nineteenth century. Prior to this invention, the medieval rites and representations that would forge the category were understood as distinct and unrelated classes: as liturgical rites no longer celebrated or as theatrical works of dubious quality. This ground-breaking work examines "liturgical drama" according to the contexts of their presentations within the manuscripts and books that preserve them.

A Companion to the Medieval Theatre

PREFACE As recently as thirty years ago a book such as this , providing basic
information on the medieval theatre to non - specialist readers and students of
the drama , would hardly have seemed worth the effort . Indeed it would have
proved ...

Author: Ronald W. Vince

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 420

View: 911

Vince has provided a useful and, for the most part, usable reference work. His introduction should be required reading for anyone approaching medieval theater. Choice Scholars increasingly see medieval theatre as a complex and vital performance medium related more closely to political, religious, and social life than to literature as we know it. Reflecting the current interest in performance, A Companion to the Medieval Theatre presents 250 alphabetically arranged entries offering a panoramic view of European and British theatrical productions between the years 900 and 1550. The volume features 30 essays contributed by an international group of specialists and includes many shorter entries as well as systematic cross-referencing, a chronology, a bibliography, and a full complement of indexes. Major entries focus on the theatres of the principal linguistic areas (the British Isles, France, Germany, Iberia, Italy, Scandinavia, the Low Countries, and Eastern Europe), and on dramatic forms and genres such as liturgical drama, Passion and saint plays, morality plays, folk drama, and Humanist drama. Other articles examine costume, acting, pageantry, and music, and explore the theatrical dimension of courtly entertainment, the dance, and the tournament. Short entries supply information on over one hundred playwrights, directors, actors and antiquarians whose contributions to the theatre have been documented. This informative guide brings new depth to our appreciation of the richness and color of medieval public entertainments and the symbolism and pageantry that were a part of daily life in the Middle Ages. Designed to appeal to general reader, this volume is also an attractive choice for libraries serving students and scholars of theatre history, English and European literatures, medieval history, cultural history, drama, and performance.

The Medieval Theatre Illustr

Author: Glynne Wickham

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 245

View: 894


The Medieval Theatre in the Round

A Study of the Staging of The Castle of Perseverance, and Related Matters
Richard Southern. The medieval theatre in the round ; a study of the staging of
The castle of perseverance , and related matters . London , Faber and Faber (
1957 ...

Author: Richard Southern

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Arena theater

Page: 240

View: 528


The Theatre in the Middle Ages

The present volume offers a collection of studies intended to give an overall picture of the International Colloquium on Medieval Theatre organized by the Instituut voor Middeleeuwse Studies of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Author: Herman Braet

Publisher: Leuven University Press

ISBN: 9789061861751

Category: Drama

Page: 379

View: 252

From liturgical drama to pageant, from nativity play to mystery, from latin comedy to 'sottie', morality and farce, one discovers here the various aspects of an output that covers more than five centuries.

A Cultural History of Theatre in the Middle Ages

Each of the ten chapters of this richly illustrated volume takes a different theme as its focus: institutional frameworks; social functions; sexuality and gender; the environment of theatre; circulation; interpretations; communities of ...

Author: Jody Enders

Publisher: Methuen Drama

ISBN: 9781472585707

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 588

Historically and broadly defined as the period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of the Renaissance, the Middle Ages encompass a millennium of cultural conflicts and developments. A large body of mystery, passion, miracle and morality plays cohabited with song, dance, farces and other public spectacles, frequently sharing ecclesiastical and secular inspiration. A Cultural History of Theatre in the Middle Ages provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of the cultural history of theatre between 500 and 1500, and imaginatively pieces together the puzzle of medieval theatre by foregrounding the study of performance. Each of the ten chapters of this richly illustrated volume takes a different theme as its focus: institutional frameworks; social functions; sexuality and gender; the environment of theatre; circulation; interpretations; communities of production; repertoire and genres; technologies of performance; and knowledge transmission.

Performing Eve in the Medieval Theatre

Author: Jane Marianna Tolmie

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Sex role in literature

Page: 584

View: 216


Medieval English Drama

The book provides an update of sources not listed in Carl J. Stratman's comprehensive Bibliography of Medieval Drama published in 1972.

Author: Sidney E. Berger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429514670

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 526

View: 930

Originally published in 1990, Medieval English Drama is an exhaustive bibliography of scholarship on medieval English drama. Each item has been annotated in the bibliography with considerable care; these annotations are descriptive rather than critical and give a clear synopsis of the content of each reference, the texts with which it deals, and a brief indication of its critical position. The bibliography is divided into two sections; editions and collections of plays, and critical works. The bibliography is exhaustive rather than selective and provides English annotations for foreign language works, as well as a list of reviews for most books. The book covers liturgical and folk drama, other forms of entertainment, and related material useful to researchers in the field. The book provides an update of sources not listed in Carl J. Stratman's comprehensive Bibliography of Medieval Drama published in 1972.

Medieval Theatre Costume

Author: Iris Brooke

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Costume

Page: 111

View: 853