The Chester Cycle in Context 1555 1575

The Chester Cycle in Context, 15551575 Religion, Drama, and the Impact of Change Edited by |ESSICA DELL, DAVID KLAUSNER, and HELEN OSTOVICH - - - - Toro-Ho - - - Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama THE CHESTER CYCLE IN ...

Author: Jessica Dell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317038672

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 244

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The Chester Cycle in Context, 1555-1575 considers the implications of recent archival research which has profoundly changed our view of the continuation of performances of Chester's civic biblical play cycle into the reign of Elizabeth I. Scholars now view the decline and ultimate abandonment of civic religious drama as the result of a complex network of local pressures, heavily dependent upon individual civic and ecclesiastical authorities, rather than a result of a nation-wide policy of suppression, as had previously been assumed.

The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain

are currently working on the Chester cycle with a particular focus on local political and economic contexts (Barrett 2009). ... The Chester Cycle in Context, 15551575: Religion, Drama, and the Impact of Change. Farnham: Ashgate.

Author: Sian Echard

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118396988

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 2168

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Bringing together scholarship on multilingual and intercultural medieval Britain like never before, The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain comprises over 600 authoritative entries spanning key figures, contexts and influences in the literatures of Britain from the fifth to the sixteenth centuries. A uniquely multilingual and intercultural approach reflecting the latest scholarship, covering the entire medieval period and the full tapestry of literary languages comprises over 600 authoritative yet accessible entries on key figures, texts, critical debates, methodologies, cultural and isitroical contexts, and related terminology Represents all the literatures of the British Isles including Old and Middle English, Early Scots, Anglo-Norman, the Norse, Latin and French of Britain, and the Celtic Literatures of Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall Boasts an impressive chronological scope, covering the period from the Saxon invasions to the fifth century to the transition to the Early Modern Period in the sixteenth Covers the material remains of Medieval British literature, including manuscripts and early prints, literary sites and contexts of production, performance and reception as well as highlighting narrative transformations and intertextual links during the period

Practical Cues and Social Spectacle in the Chester Plays

“Dice at Chester's Passion.” In The Chester Cycle in Context, 15551575: Religion, Drama, and the Impact of Change, edited by Helen Ostovich, David Klausner, and Jessica Dell, 65–77. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2012. ———.

Author: Matthew Sergi

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226709406

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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Amid the crowded streets of Chester, guild players portraying biblical characters performed on colorful mobile stages hoping to draw the attention of fellow townspeople. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, these Chester plays employed flamboyant live performance to adapt biblical narratives. But the original format of these fascinating performances remains cloudy, as surviving records of these plays are sparse, and the manuscripts were only written down a generation after they stopped. Revealing a vibrant set of social practices encoded in the Chester plays, Matthew Sergi provides a new methodology for reading them and a transformative look at medieval English drama. Carefully combing through the plays, Sergi seeks out cues in the dialogues that reveal information about the original staging, design, and acting. These “practical cues,” as he calls them, have gone largely unnoticed by drama scholars, who have focused on the ideology and historical contexts of these plays, rather than the methods, mechanics, and structures of the actual performances. Drawing on his experience as an actor and director, he combines close readings of these texts with fragments of records, revealing a new way to understand how the Chester plays brought biblical narratives to spectators in the noisy streets. For Sergi, plays that once appeared only as dry religious dramas come to life as raucous participatory spectacles filled with humor, camp, and devotion.

Shadow and Substance

In contrast to Coletti, who argues for theological and historical fluidity, Mills argues that once the Chester plays ... in the City: The Chester Plays and Earlier Chester Writing,” in The Chester Cycle in Context, 15551575: Religion, ...

Author: Jay Zysk

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

ISBN: 9780268102326

Category: Religion

Page: 437

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Shadow and Substance is the first book to present a sustained examination of the relationship between Eucharistic controversy and English drama across the Reformation divide. In this compelling interdisciplinary study, Jay Zysk contends that the Eucharist is not just a devotional object or doctrinal crux, it also shapes a way of thinking about physical embodiment and textual interpretation in theological and dramatic contexts. Regardless of one’s specific religious identity, to speak of the Eucharist during that time was to speak of dynamic interactions between body and sign. In crossing periodic boundaries and revising familiar historical narratives, Shadow and Substance challenges the idea that the Protestant Reformation brings about a decisive shift from the flesh to the word, the theological to the poetic, and the sacred to the secular. The book also adds to studies of English drama and Reformation history by providing an account of how Eucharistic discourse informs understandings of semiotic representation in broader cultural domains. This bold study offers fresh, imaginative readings of theology, sermons, devotional books, and dramatic texts from a range of historical, literary, and religious perspectives. Each of the book’s chapters creates a dialogue between different strands of Eucharistic theology and different varieties of English drama. Spanning England’s long reformation, these plays—some religious in subject matter, others far more secular—reimagine semiotic struggles that stem from the controversies over Christ’s body at a time when these very concepts were undergoing significant rethinking in both religious and literary contexts. Shadow and Substance will have a wide appeal, especially to those interested in medieval and early modern drama and performance, literary theory, Reformation history, and literature and religion.

Common Understandings Poetic Confusion

David Mills, Recycling the Cycle: The City of Chester and Its Whitsun Plays (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, ... Periodization and the Material Text of the Chester Banns,” in The Chester Cycle in Context, 15551575: Religion, ...

Author: William N. West

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226809038

Category: Theater

Page: 320

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"What if at night at the theaters in Elizabethan England more closely resembled attending a rugby match than sitting in a dark, silent audience, passively witnessing the action on the stage, or closer to going to a rock concert than sitting in front of a large or small screen, quietly and distantly absorbing a film or television drama? In this book, West proposes a new account of what happened in the playhouses of Shakespeare's time, and the kind of participatory entertainment expected by both the actors and the audience. Combining the precision of a philologist and the imagination of a philosopher, West performs careful readings of premodern figures of speech--including understanding, confusion, occupation, eating, and fighting--still in use today, but whose meanings for Elizabethan players, playgoers, and writers have diverged in subtle ways in our era. Playing itself was not restricted to the confines of the actors on the stage but pertained just as much to the audience in a collaborative rather than individualized theater experience, more corporeal, tactile, and active, rather than purely receptive and visual. Thrown apples, smashed bottles of beer, and lumbering bears--these and more contributed to both the verbal and physical interactions between players and playgoers, creating circuits of exchange, production, and consumption,all within the confines of the playhouse. West's account of the experience of the playhouse shows more affinity--and continuity--with more raucous, unruly medieval drama than previous literary critics have allowed. It will be of interest to a wide audience, actors, directors, and scholars included"

Literary Cultures and Medieval and Early Modern Childhoods

In The Chester Cycle in Context, 15551575: Religion, Drama, and the Impact of Change, ed. Jessica Dell, David N. Klausner, and Helen Ostovich, 19–36. London: Routledge. Kaftal, George. 1973. “The Fabulous Life of a Saint.

Author: Naomi J. Miller

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030142117

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 394

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Building on recent critical work, this volume offers a comprehensive consideration of the nature and forms of medieval and early modern childhoods, viewed through literary cultures. Its five groups of thematic essays range across a spectrum of disciplines, periods, and locations, from cultural anthropology and folklore to performance studies and the history of science, and from Anglo-Saxon burial sites to colonial America. Contributors include several renowned writers for children. The opening group of essays, Educating Children, explores what is perhaps the most powerful social engine for the shaping of a child. Performing Childhood addresses children at work and the role of play in the development of social imitation and learning. Literatures of Childhood examines texts written for children that reveal alternative conceptions of parent/child relations. In Legacies of Childhood, expressions of grief at the loss of a child offer a window into the family’s conceptions and values. Finally, Fictionalizing Literary Cultures for Children considers the real, material child versus the fantasy of the child as a subject.

Permanent Revolution

43); and David Klausner, Helen Ostovitch, and Jessica Dell, “Introduction: The Chester Cycle in Context,” in The Chester Cycle in Context, 15551575: Religion, Drama and the Impact of Change, ed. David Klausner, Helen Ostovitch, ...

Author: James Simpson

Publisher: Belknap Press

ISBN: 9780674987135

Category: History

Page: 396

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The proto-Liberalism of the late seventeenth century in England reverses all the central persuasions of illiberal evangelical religion of the early sixteenth century. Free-will, division of powers, non-literalist Biblical reading, aesthetics, theatricality: each reverses cardinal positions of Lutheran and Calvinist religion. How? Permanent Revolution argues that all revolutions take about 150 years to settle down. In the case of the Reformation in England, the first revolution (what Simpson calls "permanent revolution") was heady and radical. It was also ultimately unsustainable. In about 150 years it produced its opposite, the second Reformation which led to the Enlightenment. In our own times, the author says, liberals make a dangerous mistake when they do not understand that Evangelical fundamentalists descend from the same parent as themselves - the "permanent revolution" of the early Reformation. The core of the book is about the English Reformation and the archive is largely literary. Yet the political and intellectual ramifications exceed the remit of literary studies. The story of the proto-Enlightenment narrated here is not a story of secularist repudiation from outside. Instead, it is primarily a story of transformation and reversal of the Protestant tradition from within. The second Reformation (the one that became the Enlightenment) is less a secularist opponent of the first than its dissident younger sibling, driven and marked, if not scarred, by its older evangelical sibling and competitor.--

Reconsidering Gender Time and Memory in Medieval Culture

6 see for example the chester cycle's adaptation under increasingly Protestant performance contexts in Jessica dell, david Klausner and Helen ostovich (eds), The Chester Cycle in Context, 15551575: Religion, Drama, and the Impact of ...

Author: Elizabeth Cox

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 9781843844037

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 203

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A consideration of the ways in which the past was framed and remembered in the pre-modern world.

Performance and Religion in Early Modern England

In The Chester Mystery Cycle: Essays and Documents, edited by R. M. Lumiansky and David Mills, 111–64. ... In The Chester Cycle in Context, 15551575: Religion, Drama, and the Impact of Change, edited by Jessica Dell, David Klausner, ...

Author: Matthew J. Smith

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

ISBN: 9780268104689

Category: Drama

Page: 398

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In Performance and Religion in Early Modern England, Matthew J. Smith seeks to expand our view of “the theatrical.” By revealing the creative and phenomenal ways that performances reshaped religious material in early modern England, he offers a more inclusive and integrative view of performance culture. Smith argues that early modern theatrical and religious practices are better understood through a comparative study of multiple performance types: not only commercial plays but also ballads, jigs, sermons, pageants, ceremonies, and festivals. Our definition of performance culture is augmented by the ways these events looked, sounded, felt, and even tasted to their audiences. This expanded view illustrates how the post-Reformation period utilized new capabilities brought about by religious change and continuity alike. Smith posits that theatrical practice at this time was acutely aware of its power not just to imitate but to work performatively, and to create spaces where audiences could both imaginatively comprehend and immediately enact their social, festive, ethical, and religious overtures. Each chapter in the book builds on the previous ones to form a cumulative overview of early modern performance culture. This book is unique in bringing this variety of performance types, their archives, venues, and audiences together at the crossroads of religion and theater in early modern England. Scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and those generally interested in the Renaissance will enjoy this book.

Staging Scripture

“Affective Piety: A 'Method' for Medieval Actors in the Chester Cycle.” In The Chester Cycle in Context, 15551575: Religion, Drama, and the Impact of Change, edited by Jessica Dell, David Klausner, and Helen Ostovich, 93–107.


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004313958

Category: Drama

Page: 422

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Against a background which included revolutionary changes in religious belief, enlargement of dramatic styles and the technological innovation of printing, this collection of essays about biblical drama offers innovative approaches to text and performance, while reviewing some well-established critical issues.