The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre

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Edited by Richard Beadle, Edited by Alan Fletcher

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 424 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 26mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 31 July 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521682541
  • ISBN 13: 9780521682541
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 38 b/w illus.
  • Sales rank: 395,789

Product description

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.

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Author information

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

Review quote

"The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the early English stage since it presents work by a very knowledgeable group of scholars whose essays will be useful to the beginning student and the advanced scholar alike." Clifford Davidson, Speculum

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 Happe; Select bibliography.