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The Resource Shakespeare's medieval craft : remnants of the mysteries on the London stage, Kurt A. Schreyer

Shakespeare's medieval craft : remnants of the mysteries on the London stage, Kurt A. Schreyer

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Shakespeare's medieval craft : remnants of the mysteries on the London stage
Title
Shakespeare's medieval craft
Title remainder
remnants of the mysteries on the London stage
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Kurt A. Schreyer
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Language
eng
Summary
In Shakespeare's Medieval Craft, Kurt A. Schreyer explores the relationship between Shakespeare's plays and a tradition of late medieval English biblical drama known as mystery plays. Scholars of English theater have long debated Shakespeare's connection to the mystery play tradition, but Schreyer provides new perspective on the subject by focusing on the Chester Banns, a sixteenth-century proclamation announcing the annual performance of that city's cycle of mystery plays. Through close study of the Banns, Schreyer demonstrates the central importance of medieval stage objects--as vital and direct agents and not merely as precursors--to the Shakespearean stage. As Schreyer shows, the Chester Banns serve as a paradigm for how Shakespeare's theater might have reflected on and incorporated the mystery play tradition, yet distinguished itself from it. For instance, he demonstrates that certain material features of Shakespeare's stage--including the ass's head of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the theatrical space of Purgatory in Hamlet, and the knocking at the gate in the Porter scene of Macbeth--were in fact remnants of the earlier mysteries transformed to meet the exigencies of the commercial London playhouses. Schreyer argues that the ongoing agency of supposedly superseded theatrical objects and practices reveal how the mystery plays shaped dramatic production long after their demise. At the same time, these medieval traditions help to reposition Shakespeare as more than a writer of plays; he was a play-wright, a dramatic artisan who forged new theatrical works by fitting poetry to the material remnants of an older dramatic tradition
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Schreyer, Kurt A
Dewey number
822/.0516
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR2953.M54
LC item number
S37 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Mysteries and miracle-plays, English
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • DRAMA
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Mysteries and miracle-plays, English
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Shakespeare's medieval craft : remnants of the mysteries on the London stage, Kurt A. Schreyer
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-249) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Toward a Renaissance culture of medieval artifacts -- The Chester Banns: a sixteenth-century perspective on the mysteries -- Balaam to Bottom: a sixteenth-century translation -- Then is doomsday near: Hamlet, the Last Judgment, and the place of purgatory -- Here's a knocking indeed!: Macbeth and the harrowing of hell -- Epilogue: riding the Banns beyond Shakespeare
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886472769
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unknown
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1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801455100
Lccn
2019721517
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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22573/ctt9xz1pz
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remote
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(OCoLC)886472769
Label
Shakespeare's medieval craft : remnants of the mysteries on the London stage, Kurt A. Schreyer
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-249) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Toward a Renaissance culture of medieval artifacts -- The Chester Banns: a sixteenth-century perspective on the mysteries -- Balaam to Bottom: a sixteenth-century translation -- Then is doomsday near: Hamlet, the Last Judgment, and the place of purgatory -- Here's a knocking indeed!: Macbeth and the harrowing of hell -- Epilogue: riding the Banns beyond Shakespeare
Control code
886472769
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801455100
Lccn
2019721517
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt9xz1pz
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)886472769

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