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

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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.

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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)

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