IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1026: Sentence and Solace in English Biblical Drama, I

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Records of Early English Drama / Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Oxford
Organiser:Alexandra F. Johnston, Records of Early English Drama, University of Toronto, Downtown
Moderator/Chair:Charlotte Steenbrugge, Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies, University of Toronto
Paper 1026-aPlaying the Crucifixion in Medieval Wales
(Language: English)
David N. Klausner, Centre for Medieval Studies / Department of English, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Language and Literature - Middle English, Performance Arts - Drama, Religious Life
Paper 1026-bMaking a Drama out of an Anticlimax?: The Beverley 'Graving and Spinning' Pageant and Other Curious Cases
(Language: English)
Diana Wyatt, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Performance Arts - Drama, Religious Life
Paper 1026-cIs There a Greater Unity?: 'Extraneous' Episodes in the Old Testament Sequence in the Chester Plays
(Language: English)
Alexandra F. Johnston, Records of Early English Drama, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Performance Arts - Drama, Religious Life
Abstract

Almost all the plays that have survived from the English Middle Ages and many 16th century plays are based on Biblical or other sacred text. The three papers in the session will look at unusual aspects of medieval drama including one that presents evidence for a possible occurrence of a Passion Play in 14th-century Wales, a second that considers the external evidence for the Biblical cycle at Beverley and the episodes that it included that are unique in English cycle plays and the third looks at the apparently irrelevant ‘add-ons’ to well-known stories in the Old Testament sequence of plays in The Chester Plays.