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Tudor Theatre

Allegory in the Theatre- L’allégorie au théâtre- Actes de la Table ronde VII


André Lascombes

Primarily meant to host studies about the drama of the English – and European – Renaissance, as well as the culture in which it is rooted, the «THETA» series aims to be a forum for exchange and debate.
The articles in this volume, which derive from the Seventh Round Table on Tudor Drama held at Tours in 1997, develop theoretical as well as historical ideas in the context of dramatic allegory. Through consideration of problems of staging, they also highlight the dramatic possibilities and effects that performance elicits from the use of such highly popular allegorical devices.
The contributions are arranged in roughly chronological order of the plays treated. They emphasize the durability and diversity as well as the ambiguities of the allegorical technique, and give an insight into the difficulty of forcing it into a narrow definition.
Consacrée à la publication d’études sur le théâtre de la Renaissance européenne – et d’abord anglaise – ainsi que sur la culture qui le nourrit, la collection «THETA» se veut lieu de rencontre et de débat, accueillant sans exclusive toutes les approches.
Les articles issus des Actes de la 7e Table Ronde du Théâtre Tudor, tenue à Tours en 1997, et qui composent ce volume, développent des points de vue théoriques tout autant qu’historiques à propos de l’allégorie au théâtre. Le recueil, à travers les problèmes de mise en scène, donne aussi leur place aux ressources et aux attraits que la représentation tire des procédés allégoriques extrêmement populaires.
Suivant approximativement la chronologie des pièces traitées, les différentes contributions soulignent la longévité, la diversité de même que les ambiguïtés de la technique de l’allégorie; rendant ainsi difficile toute tentative de réduction à une fonction spécifique.
Contents: Peter Happé: Introduction – Mark Chambers: Physicality, Violence, and the Psychomachia in the Early English Morality Plays – Fiorella Paino/Sydney Higgins: Garden of Eden – Bob Godfrey: ‘I saie not, as by plaine storie, / But as yt were in figure by an allegorie’: A Re-Examination of Dramatic Forms in the Early Tudor Period – John Scattergood: Dressing the Part in Magnyfycence: Allegory and Costume – Peter Happé: Allegorical Kings as staged by Skelton and Lindsay – Jean-Paul Debax: The Use of Allegory in the Interlude: St. John the Evangelist – Roberta Mullini: John Heywood’s Humanistic ‘Allegory of Love’ – Greg Walker: The State’s Two Bodies: Respublica and the Allegory of Governance – Amanda Piesse: Representing Spiritual Truth in Mankind and Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis – Francis Guinle: ‘Where angels fear to tread’: Allegory and Protestant ideology in The Longer Thou Livest, The More Fool Thou Art (1559) and Enough is as Good as a Feast (1560) – Don Beecher: An Obstruction to Interpretation: The Authority of Allegory in the Comedy of Patient and Meek Grissill – Howard Norland: The Allegorising of Revenge in Horestes – Michael Hattaway: Allegorising in Drama and the Visual Arts – Marie-Hélène Besnault: Of trees, theatrical, symbolic and allegorical in Tudor drama – Raphaelle Costa de Beauregard: From allegory to performance: the king’s ‘third’ body in Richard II.