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The Middle English Mystery Play : A Study in Dramatic Speech and Form - Hans-Jurgen Diller

The Middle English Mystery Play

A Study in Dramatic Speech and Form

Hardcover Published: 28th August 1992
ISBN: 9780521320627
Number Of Pages: 356

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The mystery plays of medieval England have traditionally been analysed in ways which centre on the texts and their religious significance. Hans-Jurgen Diller's major study, first published in German, seeks to recover their dramatic potential by focusing on the function of language in conventional modes of speech, prayer, address and dialogue. He looks at speech and dramatic form in the plays to reveal new insights concerning spatial and temporal orientation, the expression of emotions, and the relationships between characters on stage, between actor and audience, and between the dramatic world and the ordinary world outside it. His analysis offers new ways of understanding the relationship of vernacular drama to its liturgical antecedents, and new means of distinguishing stylistically between the cycles and between the groups of plays they comprise.

Introduction
The Foil: Latin Church Drama
Liturgy and drama
Liturgical point of view surrounding the dramatic core dialogue
'World-containing' situations
The dramatization of narrative sources
The English Mystery Play
The origins of the Mystery Play and its stage
The representation of time and space in the cycles
Address to the audience
Intra-dramatic speeches
Conclusions
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521320627
ISBN-10: 0521320623
Series: European Studies in English Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 28th August 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.69