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Defining acts : drama and the politics of interpretation in late medieval England

Author: Ruth Nisse
Publisher: Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Exploring the ways in which ideas previously limited to academic discourse became elements of public theatrical performances, this text looks at medieval literature and how plays often reflected cultural history as well as literary criticism.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Nisse
ISBN: 0268036012 9780268036010 0268036020 9780268036027
OCLC Number: 56875847
Description: x, 226 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Drama after Chaucer : The miller's tale and the failures of representation --
Staged interpretations : civic rhetoric and Lollard politics in the York plays --
Naked visions --
Labor's end : the Wakefield Master's poor theater --
Into exiled hands : Jewish exegesis and urban identity in The Croxton play of the sacrament --
Life in motion : wisdom's devotional politics.
Responsibility: Ruth Nise.
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Defining Acts considers how the surviving English plays of the 15th century represent and transform competing late-medieval practices of interpretation. These works take up a series of contests over  Read more...

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