Recycling the Cycle: The City of Chester and Its Whitsun Plays / Edition 74

Recycling the Cycle: The City of Chester and Its Whitsun Plays / Edition 74

by David Mills
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802040969

ISBN-13: 9780802040961

Pub. Date: 07/25/1998

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

A consciousness of the past has been an essential determinant of community in the city of Chester, England. This awareness and fascination has been bolstered by a strong civic tradition of drama. In particular, the city's Whitsun Plays have been a vehicle for communicating the myth of the city's medieval heritage, helping to reinforce the sense of history that is

…  See more details below

Overview

A consciousness of the past has been an essential determinant of community in the city of Chester, England. This awareness and fascination has been bolstered by a strong civic tradition of drama. In particular, the city's Whitsun Plays have been a vehicle for communicating the myth of the city's medieval heritage, helping to reinforce the sense of history that is part of Chester's identity.

Building up the material in REED: Chester, David Mills has produced a detailed study of Chester's Whitsun Plays in their local, physical, social, political, cultural, and religious context. A continuum has survived between the Middle Ages and the present day, providing not only an understanding of the plays themselves, but a narrative of the ways in which manuscripts survive and the functions that they serve. The continued performance of these plays is significant of modern play revivals as a political and sociological phenomenon, demonstrating the power that these rituals and plays still hold.

Recycling the Cycle is not only a look at how medieval and Renaissance cultural traditions developed and were maintained over centuries, but an insight into how those traditions can stay fresh and relevant, even today.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802040961
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
07/25/1998
Series:
Studies in Early English Drama Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Play Manuscripts
1Approaches to Early Drama3
2Time and Space in Tudor Chester20
3Writing the Record39
4A Spectrum of Ceremonial and Entertainment57
5The Midsummer Celebrations79
6Religious Feasts and Festivals101
7Professionalism, Commercialism, and Self-Advertisement125
8The Past in the Present: The Text of the Whitsun Plays153
9Manuscripts, Scribes, and Owners179
10Medievalism and Revival199
Postscript220
Notes227
Bibliography253
Index273

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >