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Defining Acts (Paperback)

Drama and the Politics of Interpretation in Late Medieval England

P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval History P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval Language & Literature

Imprint: University of Notre Dame Press
Pages: 226
ISBN: 9780268036027
Published: 31st December 2005


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This study examines the social, political and theological issues that were brought to the late medieval stage. Examining plays, urban pageant cycles and travelling miracles' and morality plays, dating to the 14th and 15th centuries, Ruth Nisse explores how these translated contemporary issues and especially vernacular theology through performance. Works such as Chaucer's Miller's Tale , the York Passion Plays, the Wakefield Master' plays and the Play of the Sacrament are discussed in detail.

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