Performing Communities

John J. McGavin

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199229123
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Performing Communities

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This article examines civic religious drama in medieval England. Medieval spectators saw the civic religious drama as emerging from, or alluding to, a broad matrix of generically related forms of play and public ceremony which they could experience on other occasions, such as royal entries, heraldic announcements, and religious ritual including the Mass. This article describes the 2008 Passion Play in Winchester and suggests that this performance was a clear continuation of medieval practice.

Keywords: civic religious drama; medieval England; public ceremony; religious ritual; heraldic announcements; Passion Play; Winchester

Article.  9289 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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