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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