Everyman and Mankind

Author: ANON ANON

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408138166

Category: Drama

Page: 292

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Everyman and Mankind are morality plays which mark the turn of the medieval period to the early modern, with their focus on the individual. Everyman follows a man's journey towards death and his efforts to secure himself a life thereafter, whilst Mankind shows a man battling with temptation and sin, often with great humour. Both texts are modernised here and edited to the highest standards of scholarship, with full on-page commentaries giving the depth of information and insight associated with all Arden editions. The comprehensive, illustrated introduction argues that the plays signal the birth of the early modern consciousness and puts them in their historic and religious contexts. An account is also given of the staging and performance history of the plays and their critical history and significance. With a wealth of helpful and incisive commentary this is the finest edition of the plays available.
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Everyman

Author: Carol Ann Duffy

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571326897

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 511

Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. Forced to abandon the life he has built, he embarks on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out. One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, this new adaptation by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy was presented at the National Theatre, London, in April 2015.
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Volpone

A Critical Guide

Author: Matthew Steggle

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826411533

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

View: 421

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The Literature of Waste

Material Ecopoetics and Ethical Matter

Author: S. Morrison

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137394447

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 330

View: 4098

Tracing material and metaphoric waste through the Western canon, ranging from Beowulf to Samuel Beckett, Susan Signe Morrison disrupts traditional perceptions of waste to better understand how we theorize, manage, and are implicated in what is discarded and seen as garbage. Engaging a wide range of disciplines, Morrison addresses how the materiality of waste has been sedimented into a variety of toxic metaphors. If scholars can read waste as possessing dynamic agency, how might that change the ethics of refuse-ing and ostracizing wasted humans? A major contribution to the growing field of Waste Studies, this comparative and theoretically innovative book confronts the reader with the ethical urgency present in waste literature itself.
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Three Late Medieval Morality Plays: Everyman, Mankind and Mundus et Infans

A New Mermaids Anthology

Author: G.A. Lester

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408144085

Category: Drama

Page: 208

View: 7838

"Take example, all ye that this do hear or see..." The Morality Play was popular in England between 1400 and 1600. It offers moral instruction and spiritual teaching with personal abstractions representing good and evil. Surviving plays from that period number about sixty and the three in this edition were among the first ten. Mankind is a plain, honest farming man who struggles against worldly and spiritual temptation. The bawdy humour and violent action in the play serve to make the moral point and instruct by example. Everyman portrays a man's struggles in the face of death to raise himself to a state of grace so that he may experience everlasting life. It is exceptional among the Moralities for this narrow focus on the last phase of life, and conveys its message with awe-inspiring seriousness. Mundus et Infans is more typical of the Morality genre. It shows an arrogant, bullying protagonist led astray by a single evildoer into a life of debauchery, before the inevitable conversion to virtue. In showing the whole of man's life it is the antithesis of Everyman, the action of which seems to take place in a single day.
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Stylistics

A Resource Book for Students

Author: Paul Simpson

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415281041

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 247

View: 1447

"Stylistics": is a comprehensive introduction to literary stylistics; covers the core areas, including register, dialect, vocabulary, grammar, sound and rhythm, speech and thought, narrative, dialogue, metaphor and meaning; draws on a range of literary texts, from Ernest Hemingway and D.H. Lawrence to Sylvia Plath, Roger McGough and Irvine Welsh; and provides classic readings by the key names in the discipline, including Derek Attridge, Ronald Carter and Walter Nash, Roger Fowler and Mick Short.
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The Duchess of Malfi

Author: John Webster

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 152

View: 3972

"The Duchess of Malfi" was published in 1623, but the date of writing may have been as early as 1611. It is based on a story in Painter's "Palace of Pleasure," translated from the Italian novelist, Bandello; and it is entirely possible that it has a foundation in fact. In any case, it portrays with a terrible vividness one side of the court life of the Italian Renaissance; and its picture of the fierce quest of pleasure, the recklessness of crime, and the worldliness of the great princes of the Church finds only too ready corroboration in the annals of the time ...
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Hamlet: A Critical Reader

Author: Ann Thompson,Neil Taylor

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472571398

Category: Drama

Page: 264

View: 6629

Hamlet remains the most-studied of all Shakespeare's great tragedies. This collection of newly-commissioned essays gives readers an overview of past critical views of the play as well as new writing about the play from today's leading scholars. The range of perspectives offered makes the book an invaluable companion to anyone studying the play at an advanced level. The final chapter on learning and teaching resources is particularly useful as a guide for further study.
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In the Company of Shakespeare

Essays on English Renaissance Literature in Honor of G. Blakemore Evans

Author: Thomas Moisan,Douglas Bruster,Gwynne Blakemore Evans,Fairleigh Dickinson University

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838639023

Category: Drama

Page: 357

View: 5867

This book is an anthology of critical essays written about English literature during the Renaissance (or the 'early-modern' period). It focuses on Shakespeare's poetry and plays, including the 'Sonnets', 'The Phoenix and the Turtle', 'The Rape of Lucrece', 'King Lear', 'Othello', 'Measure for Measure', and 'Timon of Athens'. Also examined are the publication of the plays of Beaumont and Fletcher, William Cartwright's play 'The Royal Slave', and James Halliwell-Phillips, one of the central figures in the Shakespearean textual tradition.
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Three Late Medieval Morality Play

A New Mermaids Anthology

Author: G.A. Lester

Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

ISBN: 9780713666618

Category: Drama

Page: 208

View: 7903

"Take example, all ye that this do hear or see…" The Morality Play was popular in England between 1400 and 1600. It offers moral instruction and spiritual teaching with personal abstractions representing good and evil. Surviving plays from that period number about sixty and the three in this edition were among the first ten. Mankindis a plain, honest farming man who struggles against worldly and spiritual temptation. The bawdy humour and violent action in the play serve to make the moral point and instruct by example. Everyman portrays a man's struggles in the face of death to raise himself to a state of grace so that he may experience everlasting life. It is exceptional among the Moralities for this narrow focus on the last phase of life, and conveys its message with awe-inspiring seriousness. Mundus et Infansis more typical of the Morality genre. It shows an arrogant, bullying protagonist led astray by a single evildoer into a life of debauchery, before the inevitable conversion to virtue. In showing the whole of man's life it is the antithesis of Everyman, the action of which seems to take place in a single day.
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Paradise Bound

Author: Jonathan Larkin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474225004

Category: Drama

Page: 128

View: 9349

Comedy about escaping Liverpool humdrum 'I wanna walk down the road an' not know where I'm gonna end up. I want real grass that goes on for miles. Not false turf stuck in between a chippy an' a bettin' shop.' Anthony's seen the cranes go up. He's living in the Capital of Culture. So why is it that everything in the Dingle feels the same? What's a boy to do if he wants to talk about the latest subtitled film and drink green tea? If you want something different from everyone around you, can you really find happiness right there in your own backyard? Or is it over the rainbow after all? Paradise Bound is a new Liverpool comedy from Jonathan Larkin. It had its world premiere at the Liverpool Everyman on 28 April 2006.'this debut is proof that the Everyman is back producing the next generation of Liverpool playwrights' Guardian 'The latest talent from Liverpool is . . . Jonathan Larkin and his scabrously funny play pits the image that the city would like to promote of itself against the hard reality.' Lyn Gardner, Guardian
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The Wakefield Mystery Plays

Author: Martial Rose

Publisher: Doubleday

ISBN: 0385537271

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 560

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Four hundred years ago the medieval mystery plays, presented each year in various English villages to teach the stories of the Bible to the illiterate population, were the great classic English dramas. Queen Elizabeth I banned these plays because she considered them Roman Catholic, and since then the texts have been available only to scholars. In this volume, Martial Rose has restored the most dramatic collection of these plays—the cycle presented annually by the town of Wakefield—to the modern reader in complete, acting versions of the original text, with notes on their production and staging. The thirty-two plays of the Wakefield cycle, written during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, go from the Creation to the Last Judgement, covering every important event in the Old and New Testaments. The anonymous authors, it is now clear, had not only a deep dedication to their subject, but also a keen sense of the theatre. Humor, horror, and sharp earthly details are mingled with admonitions to the audience and religious devotion. The plays are both lively and moving in their own right, and important links in the history of drama.
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Blue Heart

Author: Caryl Churchill

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781848426009

Category:

Page: 72

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Two exhilarating and teasingly entertaining one-act plays from one of the UK's leading playwrights. Heart's Desire sees a family awaiting their daughter's return from Australia, though in a series of alternative scenarios, the play collapses as it keeps veering off in unexpected and ridiculous directions. Blue Kettle tells the story of conman Derek and the five women he misleads into believing he is their biological son. Try as he might, Derek's plans are scuppered as the play is invaded by a virus. In Caryl Churchill's ever-inventive style, the two plays in Blue Heart pull apart language and structure in a way that is theatrically remarkable and fast paced, in a stirring yet truthful exploration of family and relationships. This edition was published alongside the first major revival of Blue Heart, nearly twenty years after its Royal Court premiere, in a co-production by the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, and Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, in 2016.
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Shakespeare, Revenge Tragedy and Early Modern Law

Vindictive Justice

Author: Derek Dunne

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137572876

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 229

View: 7726

This book, the first to trace revenge tragedy's evolving dialogue with early modern law, draws on changing laws of evidence, food riots, piracy, and debates over royal prerogative. By taking the genre's legal potential seriously, it opens up the radical critique embedded in the revenge tragedies of Kyd, Shakespeare, Marston, Chettle and Middleton.
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Dating Hamlet

Ophelia's Story

Author: Lisa Fiedler

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0805070540

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 183

View: 7396

In a story based on the Shakespeare play, Ophelia describes her relationship with Hamlet, learns the truth about her own father, and recounts the complicated events following the murder of Hamlet's father.
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Best Man

Author: Carmel Winters

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472539303

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 4716

This bold new play from award-winning playwright Carmel Winters deals with the near-taboo topics of sex, power and parentage within modern relationships. Set in the intoxicating height of the boom and, finally, the sober fall of the bust, Best Man prompts a public reckoning of our most private struggles as questions of power within the family are examined with scorching insight. Following the nationwide success of the high-profile B for Baby tour by the Abbey Theatre, this world premiere is the second major work from one of Ireland's most exciting writers. Best Man will run at the Everyman, Cork from 21 ? 29 June and then at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin, from 16 ? 27 July.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Abridged for Schools and Performance

Author: William Shakespeare,K. J. O'Hara

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781502311412

Category:

Page: 42

View: 5844

Abridged specially for teachers and students of English and drama, this is a pacy and engaging version of A Midsummer Night's Dream that maintains the coherence of the plot and contains all the essential elements needed for classroom study and dramatic performance.
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The Story of Drama

Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present

Author: Gary Day

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408183536

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

View: 8198

Tracing the history of tragedy and comedy from their earliest beginnings to the present, this book offers readers an exceptional study of the development of both genres, grounded in analysis of landmark plays and their context. It argues that sacrifice is central to both genres, and demonstrates how it provides a key to understanding the grand sweep of Western drama. For students of literature and drama the volume serves as an accessible companion to over two millennia of drama organised by period, and reveals how sacrifice represents a through-line running from classical drama to today's reality TV and blockbuster movies. Across the chapters devoted to each period, Day explores how the meanings of sacrifice change over time, but never quite disappear. He charts the influences of religion, social change and politics on the status and purposes of theatre in each period, and on the drama itself. But it is through a close study of key plays that he reveals the continuities centred around sacrifice that persist and which illuminate aspects of human psychology and social organisation. Among the many plays and events considered are Aeschylus' trilogy The Oresteia, Aristophanes' Women at the Thesmorphia, Menander's The Bad-Tempered Man, the spectacles of the Roman Games, Seneca's The Trojan Women, Plautus's The Rope, the Cycle plays and Everyman from the Middle Ages, Shakespeare's King Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream, Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy, Jonson's Every Man in His Humour, Thomas Otway's The Orphan, William Wycherley's The Country Wife, Wilde's A Woman of No Importance, Beckett' Waiting for Godot, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, Suzan-Lori Parks's Topdog/Underdog, Sarah Kane's Blasted and Charlotte Jones' Humble Boy. A conclusion examines the persistence of ideas of sacrifice in today's reality TV and blockbuster movies.
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