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The Devil and the Sacred in English Drama, 1350-1642 - John D. Cox

The Devil and the Sacred in English Drama, 1350-1642

Hardcover Published: 17th October 2000
ISBN: 9780521790901
Number Of Pages: 257

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John Cox tells the intriguing story of stage devils from their earliest appearance in English plays to the closing of the theatres by parliamentary order in 1642. The book represents a major revision of E. K. Chambers' ideas of stage devils in The Medieval Stage (1903), arguing that this is not a history of gradual secularization, as scholarship has maintained for the last century, but rather that stage devils were profoundly shaped from the outset by the assumptions of sacred drama and retained this shape virtually unchanged until the advent of permanent commercial theatres near London. The book spans both medieval and Renaissance drama including the medieval Mystery cycles on the one hand, through to plays by Greene, Marlowe, Shakespeare (1 and 2 Henry VI), Jonson, Middleton and Davenant. An appendix lists all known devil plays in English from the beginning to 1642.

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"...Professor Cox convincingly reevaluates the role of the Devil in early drama and establishes this evil character as in opposition to the social and religious good - in other words, as embodying a function of perversity to fit all situations." The Early Drama, Art, and Music Review "Cox is a careful and insightful reader of dramatic literature from mystery and morality plays through early Protestant drama to the flowering of the Renaissance stage... Valuable and thought-provoking." Religion and Literature "This is a good work and I wish I had been able to consult it for my own..." Bibliotheque d' humanisme et Renaissance "If you wanted to see a God-like figure nonetheless, the players are glad to provide, for a price, a distant, tantalizing glimpse." Christianity and Literature

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Stage devils and oppositional thinking
The devil and the sacred in the English mystery plays
Stage devils and sacramental community in non-cycle plays
Stage devils and early social satire
Protestant devils and the new community
The devils of Dr Faustus
Reacting to Marlowe
The devil and the sacred on the Shakespearean stage: theatre and belief
Traditional morality and magical thinking
New directions
Appendix: devil plays in English, 1350-1642
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521790901
ISBN-10: 0521790905
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 257
Published: 17th October 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.24 x 15.95  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49

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