York Mystery Plays: A Selection in Modern Spelling

Oxford University Press, 1999 - 279 pages
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This volume offers 22 of the central pageants which make up York's famous Corpus Christi cycle. The York cycle is the oldest and best-known of the English mystery cycles, and its depth and scope are reflected in the selection printed here. The shape of the cycle was governed by subject matter of enduring spiritual significance, both to its contemporary audience and in later literary and artistic tradition, and the selection reflects these concerns. Included are plays on the Creation, the Fall of Man, the Incarnation, Passion, and Resurrection of Christ, and the Last Judgement. The Passion sequence has been expanded by six of the eight plays generally attributed to the great poetic dramatist known as the York Realist: the authentic text of these plays is not otherwise available in paperback. As well as providing detailed annotation, this edition offers an introduction which examines the history of the cycle and discusses the immensely popular modern productions in York andelsewhere.

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Avis d'utilisateur  - Mandy - Goodreads

These plays were more exciting than I expected and the modernized spelling really made them easier to read, which improved the whole (assigned) experience. Consulter l'avis complet

Review: York Mystery Plays: A Selection in Modern Spelling

Avis d'utilisateur  - Lesliemae - Goodreads

These plays were nothing like what I was expecting. Instead you get a kind of comic Joseph playing the enraged cuckold, and Roman soldiers speaking in alliterative verse making the crucifixion nothing less than a parody. Pretty rollicking reading so get ready for raucous raillery. Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

The Barkers The Fall of the A ngels
The Coopers The Fall of Man
The Shipwrights The Building of the Ark
The Fishers and Mariners The Flood
The Hosiers Moses and Pharaoh
The Pewterers and Founders Joseph s Trouble about Mary
The Tilethatchers The Nativity
The Masons The Goldsmiths Herod and The Magi
The Skinners The Entry into Jerusalem
The Cuders The Conspiracy
The Bowers and Fletchers Christ before Annas and Caiaphas
The Litsters Christ before Herod
The Judgement
The Pinners The Crucifixion
The Butchers The Death of Christ 111
The Saddlers The Harrowing of Hrll 131

The Marshals The Flight into Egypt
The Girdlers and Nailers The Slaughter of the Innocents
The Smiths The Temptation
The Carpenters The Resurrection
The Mercers The Last Judgement
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Richard Beadle is University Lecturer in English and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. Pamela King is Head of the Department of English at St Martins College, Lancaster.

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