Festive drama, in these studies, includes processions and folk-customs as well as full-blown plays, from Spain, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Britain, Denmark, and Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). The main focus is the middle ages, but style and approach are as relevant as time-scale, reflecting a culture in which there are no firm divisions between drama and pageantry and traditional ceremonies. Common themes emerge: the world turned upside-down of Shrovetide; the emotive power of religious celebration; and the links between commerce and the demonstration of civic pride. Festive customs are viewed as hidden agendas of popular culture, and performances are reconstructed. This is the obverse of art and power: the means by which the people, not the princes, rule the world.Professor MEG TWYCROSS teaches at the Department of English at Lancaster University. Other contributors: PETER H. GREENFIELD, OLGA HORNER, SHEILA LINDENBAUM, CLAIRE SPONSLER, RONALD E. SURTZ, RAFAEL PORTILLO, MANUEL J. GOMEZ LARA, PAMELA M. KING, ROBERT POTTER, JOHN CARTWRIGHT, DAVID MILLS, JAMES STOKES, ALAN E. KNIGHT, MARJOKE DE ROOS, FEMKE KRAMER, TOM PETTITT, LEIF SNDERGAARD, WIM HÜÜSKEN, JEAN-MARC PASTRÉÉ, SALLY-BETH MACLEAN, MALCOLM JONES, CHRISTINE RICHARDSON, JARMILA F. VELTRUSKY, JOHN COLDEWEY.
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Table of Contents
'Some Approaches to Dramatic Festivity, especially Processions'. - Meg Twycross 'Festive Drama at Christmas in Aristocratic Households'. - Peter Greenfield 'Christmas at the Inns of Court'. - Olga Horner 'Rituals of Exclusion: Feasts and Plays of the English Religious Fraternities'. - Sheila Lindenbaum 'Festive Profit and Ideological Production: Le Jeu de Saint Nicolas'. - Claire Sponsler 'Palm Sunday Prophets'. - Mary C. Erler 'Masks in the Medieval Peninsular Theatre'. - Ronald E. Surtz 'Holy Week Performances of the Passion in Spain: Connections with Medieval European Drama'. - Rafael PortillòThe Auto Da Fé as Medieval Drama'. - Bob Potter 'Carnival's End: Puritan Ideology and the Decline of English Provincial Theatre'. - John Cartwright 'Chester's Midsummer Show: Creation and Adaptation'. - David Mills 'The Wells Shows of 1607'. - James Stokes 'The Bishop of Fools and his Feasts in Lille'. - Alan E. Knight 'Battles and Bottles: Shrovetide Performances in the Low Countries (c.1350-c.1550)'. - Marjoke de Roos 'Why a Peasant is Taught How to 'Shoot': Rhetoricians, Militiamen and a Late Medieval Dutch Farce'. - Femke Kramer ***'Mankind: An English Fastnachtspiel?'. - Tom Pettitt 'Two Carnival Plays from Late-Medieval Denmark'. - Leif Sondergaard 'Analyzing French Farce and Dutch Pre-Renaissance Comic Drama'. - Wim Husken 'Fastnachtspiel et recit bref: L'Interference de deux genres litteraires en Allemagne aux 15e et 16e siecles'. - Jean-Marc PastrèHocktide: A Reassessment of a Popular Pre-Reformation Festival'. - Sally-Beth Maclean ''Slawpase fro the Myln-Whele': Seeing between the Lines'. - Malcolm Jones 'The Medieval English and French Shepherds Plays'. - Christine Richardson 'The Old Czech Apothecary as Clown and Symbol'. - Jarmila Veltrusky 'Carnival's End: Puritan Ideology and the Decline of English Provincial Theatre'. - John Coldewey