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The circulation of power in medieval Biblical drama : theaters of authority

Author: Robert Stuart Sturges
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Series: New Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book investigates various modes of resistance to authority found in medieval Biblical drama. It concerns the ways in which the dissemination of power throughout culture is represented in these plays: the human body, objects, gender, politics, economics, law, and theater itself, as well as religion, are all registers in which such resistance may be enacted"--
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Stuart Sturges
ISBN: 9780230115781 0230115780
OCLC Number: 909320935
Description: xvi, 230 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: Power, History, Drama --
2. The Body: Bare Life in the Passion Plays --
3. Things: Objects and Agency in the Trial and Crucifixion Plays --
4. Gender/Politics: Resistant Motherhood in the Innocents Plays and the Planctus Mariae --
5. Economics: Money, Labor, and Ideology in Four Towneley Plays --
6. Law: Obligation and Legal Parody in the Cain and Abel Plays --
7. Conclusion: The Authority of the Audience.
Series Title: New Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Responsibility: Robert S. Sturges.

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A literary reading informed by the recent temporal turn in Queer Theory, this book analyzes medieval Biblical drama for themes representing modes of power such as the body, politics, and law.  Read more...

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