John Foxe, Christus Triumphans

Andreas Höfele

in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199566471
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

John Foxe, Christus Triumphans

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This article analyzes John Foxe's play, Christus Triumphans. At the beginning and at the end of his play, Foxe both frames and unframes the place of the stage. Asking for attentive silence, the Prologue demarcates a space for play, theatrical make-believe, ‘ludi scenic’. But this demarcation is only provisional: it holds up only for the ‘meantime’, until ‘we will see all with our own eyes, when God sends in actual fact what he now only promises’ Ushering the spectators into the playworld and seeing them out of it, the Prologue and the concluding Chorus of Virgins establish a continuum rather than a categorical gap between inside and outside. The theatre of Christus Triumphans is not so much a separate space of fiction cordoned off from reality as a space where reality is epitomized in revelatory clarity.

Keywords: Tudor drama; plays; revelation; prologue; stage; reality

Article.  9699 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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