English Mystery Cycle Dramas Further Reading

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Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Berger, Sidney E. Medieval English Drama: An Annotated Bibliography of Recent Criticism. New York: Garland Publishing, 1990, 500 p.

Offers "annotated entries for editions, collections, and scholarship of various kinds [concerning medieval drama]."


Beadle, Richard, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994, 400 p.

Presents selected essays on medieval English theater, including discussion of the Chester, N-Town, Towneley, and York cycles.

Bethurum, Dorothy, ed. Critical Approaches to Medieval Literature: Selected Papers from the English Institute, 1958-1959. New York: Columbia University Press, 1960, 171 p.

Presents selected essays representing the reappraisal and "present vitality" of medieval literature criticism.

Dutka, JoAnna. Music in the English Mystery Plays. Early Drama, Art, and Music Reference Series, 2, edited by Clifford Davidson. Kalamazoo, Mich.: Medieval Institute Publications, 1980, 171 p.

Argues that music is essential to the production of the English mystery plays and examines the function of music within the plays through contemporary records of performance details.

Gayley, Charles Mills. "The Dramatic Development of the English Cycles." In Plays of Our Forefathers, pp. 144-52. Duffield and Company, 1907.

Discusses the role of the guilds in the secular-ization of drama and the social function of performances.

Nelson, Alan H. The Medieval English Stage: Corpus Christi Pageants and Plays. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1974, 288 p.

Aims "to discover how, when, where, and for whom the Corpus Christi plays were performed" and "to discover something about their origins."

Ruggiers, Paul G., ed. Versions of Medieval Comedy. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1977, 252 p.

Presents selected essays on comedy in medieval literature, including discussion of the English mystery cycles.

Sheingorn, Pamela, and Bevington, David. '"Alle This Was Token Domysday to...

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