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Medieval Drama (EN2002 & EN3002)

Summer Reading List

Course Tutor: Dr Ruth Kennedy


Coursebooks to buy:

(1) English Mystery Plays, ed. Peter Happé (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1975) This includes extracts from the four great cycles, each of which has its own character, though all are of the same general shape. Good introduction, glosses, notes and bibliography. £10.41+p&p new from www.amazon.co.uk where there are plenty of second-hand ones from £0.01 +p&p. While the lecture notes should be fairly detailed and comprehensive, it is important that you get to grips with this main textbook.

(2) Three Late Medieval Morality Plays, ed. G. A. Lester (London: Dent, 1981) Modernised spelling which you may come to dislike. £11.69+p&p new and from £0.01+p&p used at http://www.amazon.co.uk . Note: the new edition has a red cover, but the old white one is just the same.


Highly Recommended (to buy if you can):

(a) The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Theatre, 2nd edn, ed. Richard Beadle (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008) The 1994 edition of this is online at http://tinyurl.com/yk26tx8 , but the second edition is much better: £16.99+p&p new from amazon, and second-hand from £12.48+p&p. This excellent and invaluable book has extensive bibliographies, and all the information you need for a full study of medieval drama.


(b) John Wesley Harris, Medieval Theatre in Context (London: Routledge, 1992) Very good overall background. From £10.99+p&p new or £6.65+p&p second hand on amazon.


(a) Read widely in any of the above, especially the introductions.

(b) William Tydeman, The Theatre in the Middle Ages (Cambridge, 1978). [792.094 TYD]

(c) V. A. Kolve, The Play Called Corpus Christi (London, l966). [822.251 KOL]


You Tube, etc.:

Surf endlessly for things like “mystery play”, “medieval drama”, etc. It’s all out there. There are also DVDs and videos in our library if you are around.

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