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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre

2nd Edition

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Alexandra F. Johnston, Meg Twycross, Greg Walker, Richard Beadle, David Mills, Peter Meredith, Alan J. Fletcher, John C. Coldewey, Pamela M. King, Darryll Grantley, John McKinnell, Peter Happé
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  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521682541

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  • The drama of the English Middle Ages is perennially popular with students and theatre audiences alike, and this is an updated edition of a book which has established itself as a standard guide to the field. The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre, second edition continues to provide an authoritative introduction and an up-to-date, illustrated guide to the mystery cycles, morality drama and saints' plays which flourished from the late fourteenth to the mid-sixteenth centuries. The book emphasises regional diversity in the period and engages with the literary and particularly the theatrical values of the plays. Existing chapters have been revised and updated where necessary, and there are three entirely new chapters, including one on the cultural significance of early drama. A thoroughly revised reference section includes a guide to scholarship and criticism, an enlarged classified bibliography and a chronological table.

    • Revised edition of this well-established Companion, containing new chapters and illustrations, and thoroughly updated reference sections
    • Unusual in devoting space to the different regional cycles (mystery cycles) rather than treating all the plays at once
    • Equal emphasis on texts and performance
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521682541
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.94kg
    • contains: 38 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronological table
    1. An introduction to medieval English theatre Alexandra F. Johnston
    2. The theatricality of medieval English plays Meg Twycross
    3. The cultural work of early drama Greg Walker
    4. The York Corpus Christi play Richard Beadle
    5. The Chester cycle David Mills
    6. The Towneley pageants Peter Meredith
    7. The N-Town plays Alan J. Fletcher
    8. The non-cycle plays and the East Anglian tradition John C. Coldewey
    9. Morality plays Pamela M. King
    10. Saints and miracles Darryll Grantley
    11. Modern productions of medieval English drama John McKinnell
    12. A guide to criticism of medieval English theatre Peter Happé
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  • Editors

    Richard Beadle, University of Cambridge
    Dr Richard Beadle is Reader in Medieval English Literature and Historical Bibliography in the English Faculty, St John's College, Cambridge.

    Alan J. Fletcher, University College Dublin


    Alexandra F. Johnston, Meg Twycross, Greg Walker, Richard Beadle, David Mills, Peter Meredith, Alan J. Fletcher, John C. Coldewey, Pamela M. King, Darryll Grantley, John McKinnell, Peter Happé

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