Drama in Early Tudor Britain, 1485-1558

Drama in Early Tudor Britain, 1485-1558

by Howard B. Norland
     
 

ISBN-10: 080323337X

ISBN-13: 9780803233379

Pub. Date: 05/28/1995

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

A time of great changes after nearly a century of foreign wars and civil strife, the Tudor era witnessed a significant transformation of dramatic art. Medieval traditions were modified by the forces of humanism and the Reformation, and a renewed interest in classical models inspired experimentation. Howard B. Norland examines Tudor plays performed between 1485…  See more details below

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A time of great changes after nearly a century of foreign wars and civil strife, the Tudor era witnessed a significant transformation of dramatic art. Medieval traditions were modified by the forces of humanism and the Reformation, and a renewed interest in classical models inspired experimentation. Howard B. Norland examines Tudor plays performed between 1485 and 1558, a time when drama reached beyond local, popular, and religious contexts to treat more varied and more secular concerns, culminating in the emergence of comedy and tragedy as major genres. The theater also imported dramas from the Continent, adapting them to English tastes. After establishing the popular dramatic traditions of fifteenth-century Britain, Norland discusses the critical interpretation of the Latin plays of Terence studied in the schools and the views of influential authors such as Erasmus, Vives, and More about what drama should be and do. The heart of the book is its in-depth analyses of individual plays. Norland examines the secularization of the morality play in Skelton’s Magnificence, Bale’s King John, Respublica, and Redford’s Wit and Science and he traces the changes in comic form from Medwall’s Fulgens and Lucres through Calisto and Melebea and Johan Johan to Udall’s Roister Doister and Gammer Gurton’s Needle. The final section examines the first tragedies written in England: Watson’s Absolom, Christopherson’s Jephthah, and Grimald’s Archipropheta.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803233379
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Pages:
394
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.47(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Abbreviations
Pt. 1Popular Dramatic Traditions
1The Saints' Plays3
2The Civic Drama16
3The Morality Play before the Reformation37
4Folk Drama48
Pt. 2Contemporary Views of Drama
5The Terentian Commentaries65
6Erasmus84
7Vives95
8More111
9Attitudes of Reformers and Humanists128
Pt. 3The Secularization of the Morality
10The Prodigal Plays149
11Redford's Wit and Science161
12Skelton's Magnificence175
13Bale's King John188
14Respublica199
15Lindsay's Satire of the Three Estates210
Pt. 4The Development of Comedy
16Medwall's Fulgens and Lucres233
17Calisto and Melebea244
18Johan Johan255
19Udall's Roister Doister267
20Gammer Gurton's Needle280
Pt. 5The Emergence of Tragedy
21Watson's Absalom295
22Christopherson's Jephthah307
23Grimald's Archipropheta319
Conclusion335
Notes343
Works Cited359
Index383

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