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Drama and Sermon in Late Medieval England
Performance, Authority, Devotion

By Charlotte Steenbrugge

Drama and Sermon in Late Medieval England
Hardback, 192 pages £70.00
Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781580442770
Format: 233mm x 155mm
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Subjects: Literary Studies, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: Early Drama, Art, and Music Monograph

This full-length study investigates how sermons and vernacular religious drama worked as media for public learning, how they combined this didactic aim with literary exigencies, and how plays acquired and reflected authority. The interrelation between sermons and vernacular drama, formerly assumed to be a close one, is addressed from historical connections, performative aspects, and the portrayal of penance. The work demonstrates the subtly different purposes and contents and outlines the unique ways in which they operate within late medieval England.

Introduction 1. Historical Connections between Sermons and Plays 2. Performing Sermons 3. Preaching on Stage 4. Performing Authority: Expositors and Preachers 5. Audience Interaction in Sermons and Plays 6. The Sacrament of Penance in Sermons and Plays Conclusion Bibliography Index

Charlotte Steenbrugge is a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow in the School of English at the University of Sheffield and the author of Staging Vice (2014).

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 192 pages
 233mm x 155mm

BIC Code:
  LIT004120, LIT011000, LIT013000
 Medieval Institute Publications


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