English Mystery Cycle Dramas The Nature Of Dramatic Performances - Essay

The Nature Of Dramatic Performances

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Katharine Lee Bates (essay date 1893)

SOURCE: "Miracle Plays—Description," in The English Religious Drama, The Macmillan Company, 1913, pp. 35-87.

[In the following essayoriginally a lecture delivered in July, 1893Bates describes the nature of dramatic performance in the medieval community, noting the role of the guilds in the production of the miracle plays and interpretive variations in French, English, and German performances of the plays.]

The Miracle Play was the training-school of the romantic drama. In England, during the slow lapse of some five centuries, the Miracle, with its tremendous theme and mighty religious...

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