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New Approaches to European Theater of the Middle Ages

An Ontology

Barbara I. Gusick and Edelgard E. DuBruck

New Approaches to European Theater of the Middle Ages: An Ontology examines texts – as well as cultural and performative aspects – of a wide variety of plays, both sacred and secular, in England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and Yugoslavia. This collection of fourteen articles in English, by contributors from both sides of the Atlantic, also considers the implications and parameters of communal involvement, and the societal/theatrical roles of the oppressed (the disabled, Jews, and peasants). This book has been designed to appeal to specialists – students and teachers of medieval drama, psychology, religion and hagiography, literature and art – and to readers in general.
Contents: Barbara I. Gusick/Edelgard E. DuBruck: Preface – Graham A. Runnalls: Time and the Mystères or: How Long Did French Mystery Plays Last? – Beth A. Mulvaney: Reading Gesture on Duccio di Buoninsegna’s Maestà: Art, Drama, and Ritual in Late-Medieval Siena – Barbara I. Gusick: Groping in Darkness: The Man Born Blind and Christ’s Ministry in the York Cycle – Edelgard E. DuBruck: Passion Plays in Continental Europe: Adapting Biblical Stories to the Stage – Matthew Z. Heintzelman: «Büt mir ein frisch ruoten har»: The Jews as Scourgers of Jesus in Late-Medieval German Plays – Dorothy S. Severin: Diego de San Pedro’s Passion Poem and the Spanish Passion Play – Jay E. Moore: «It is not indeed so written in the Gospel, but what of that?»: Christ’s Post-Descensus Visit to Mary in Spanish Drama – Zrinka Pulišelić: A Survey of Croatian Medieval Drama – Jelle Koopmans: The World of the Parisian Farce – Edelgard E. DuBruck: German Carnival Comedies: Strategies of Entertainment – Kevin J. Ruth: Economic (Mis-)Representation of the Peasant in Fifteenth-Century European Comic Theater – Barbara I. Gusick: The Construction of Christ in the Towneley Cycle – Nancy E. Atkinson: Fellowship, Damnation, and Chester’s Harrowing of Hell – John W. Velz: The Parliament of Heaven in Two Fifteenth-Century Dramatic Accounts of the Fate of Humankind.