Medieval afterlives

Transforming traditions in Shakespeare and early English drama

Edited by Daisy Black and Katharine Goodland

Medieval afterlives
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  • ISBN: 9781526172136
  • Publish Date: May 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    A collection of essays which show how early drama traditions were transformed, recycled, re-used and reformed across time to form new relationships with their audiences. Medieval afterlives brings new insight to the ways in which peoples in the sixteenth century understood, manipulated and responded to the history of their performance spaces, stage technologies, characterisation and popular dramatic tropes. In doing so, this volume advocates for a new understanding of sixteenth-seventeenth century theatre makers as highly aware of the medieval traditions that formed their performance practices, and audiences who recognised and appreciated the recycling of these practices between plays.


    Introduction - Daisy Black and Katharine Goodland


    1 'Where the peaze is, shee shalbe Queene': REED and the continuing life of medieval dramatic traditions - Peter H. Greenfield

    Part I: Transforming space

    2 The Lathom screen and the magian plays of the Derby companies - Lawrence Manley
    3 Promising a storm: anticipation, spectacle, and ship in the Digby Mary Magdalene and
    Shakespeare's Pericles - Daisy Black
    4 'Ay, these were spectacles to please my soul': satirising schadenfreude in Thomas Kyd's
    Spanish Tragedy - Katharine Goodland

    Part II: Transforming character

    5 Shakespeare's priests - Jay Zysk
    6 Transforming St. Dunstan on the Elizabethan stage - Gina DiSalvo
    7 'Fals conjecture': how costume transformed 'player' to 'disguiser' in late medieval and Renaissance drama - Katie Normington

    Part III: Transforming tropes

    8 Transforming recognition: The Winter's Tale, Pericles, and the Elevation of the Host - Matthew J. Smith
    9 Under the castle, inside the counting house: shelter and exposure on the deathbed in The Castle of Perseverance and The Jew of Malta - Devin Byker
    10 The forest palimpsest in As You Like It and the medieval imaginary - Victoria Bladen

    Afterword: Theresa Coletti



    Daisy Black is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Wolverhampton

    Katharine Goodland is a Professor of English at the College of Staten Island, CUNY.

    Medieval afterlives

    Edited by Daisy Black, Katharine Goodland

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