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- DescriptionThe civic religious drama of late medieval England-financed, produced, and performed by craftspeople-offers one of the earliest forms of written literature by a n-elite group in Europe. In this invative study, Nicole R. Rice and Margaret Aziza Pappa trace an artisanal perspective on medieval and early modern civic relations, analyzing selected plays from the cities of York and Chester individually and from a comparative perspective, in dialogue with civic records. Positing a complex view of relations among merchants, established artisans, wage laborers, and women, the two authors show how artisans used the cycle plays to t only represent but also perform their interests, suggesting that the plays were the major means by which the artisans participated in civic polity. In addition to examining selected plays in the context of artisanal social and ecomic practices, Rice and Pappa also address relations between performance and historical transformation, considering how these plays, staged for nearly two centuries, responded to changes in historical conditions. In particular, they pay attention to how the pressures of Reformist governments influenced the meaning and performance of the civic religious drama in both towns. Ultimately, the authors provide a new perspective on how artisans can be viewed as social actors and agents in England in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
- Author BiographyNicole R. Rice is associate profesor of English at St. John's University. She is the author of Lay Piety and Religious Discipline in Middle English Literature(Cambridge UP, 2008). Winner of the Medieval Academy John Nicolas Brown Prize for 2013. Margret Aziza Pappano is associate professor of English at Queen's University.
- Author(s)Margaret Aziza Pappano,Nicole R. Rice
- PublisherUniversity of Notre Dame Press
- Date of Publication30/10/2015
- SubjectOther Performing Arts
- Series TitleReformations: Medieval and Early Modern
- Place of PublicationNotre Dame IN
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Notre Dame Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight525 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
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