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Signifying God : social relation and symbolic act in the York Corpus Christi plays / Sarah Beckwith.

By: Beckwith, Sarah, 1959-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2001Description: xviii, 294 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0226041344 (cloth : alk. paper); 0226041336 (pbk.); 9780226041339 (pbk.); 9780226041346 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): York plays | Mysteries and miracle-plays, English -- England -- York -- History and criticism | Christianity and literature -- England -- York -- History -- To 1500 | Literature and society -- England -- York -- History -- To 1500 | Christian drama, English (Middle) -- History and criticism | English drama -- To 1500 -- History and criticism | Bible plays, English -- History and criticism | York (England) -- Social conditions | Social conflict in literature | Symbolism in literature | God in literatureDDC classification: 822/.051609 Other classification: 24.06
Contents:
Introduction -- Part One: Ruins and Revival -- Chapter 1 The Present of Past Things: The York Corpus Christi Cycle as a Contemporary Theater of Memory -- Part Two: Social Relation and Symbolic Act -- Chapter 2 Ritual, Theater, and Social Space in the York Corpus Christi Cycle -- Chapter 3 Work, Markets, Civic Structure: Organizing the York Corpus Christi Plays -- Part Three: Sacramental Theater -- Chapter 4 Real Presences: The York Crucifixion as Sacramental Theater -- Chapter 5 Presence after Presentness: The Theater of Resurrection in York -- Chapter 6 Penance, Presence, Punishment -- Part Four: Reform -- Chapter 7 Theaters of Signs and Disguises: The Reform of the York Corpus Christi Plays -- Part Five: Revival -- Chapter 8 By the People for the People: The Gift of God for the People of God.
Review: "Bringing together theater history, ritual and performance studies, religious history, theology, and the literary history of both the Middle Ages and the Reformation, Signifying God will engage scholars working in these disciplines, as well as all those who seek to explore the relations between them."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-285) and index.

Introduction -- Part One: Ruins and Revival -- Chapter 1 The Present of Past Things: The York Corpus Christi Cycle as a Contemporary Theater of Memory -- Part Two: Social Relation and Symbolic Act -- Chapter 2 Ritual, Theater, and Social Space in the York Corpus Christi Cycle -- Chapter 3 Work, Markets, Civic Structure: Organizing the York Corpus Christi Plays -- Part Three: Sacramental Theater -- Chapter 4 Real Presences: The York Crucifixion as Sacramental Theater -- Chapter 5 Presence after Presentness: The Theater of Resurrection in York -- Chapter 6 Penance, Presence, Punishment -- Part Four: Reform -- Chapter 7 Theaters of Signs and Disguises: The Reform of the York Corpus Christi Plays -- Part Five: Revival -- Chapter 8 By the People for the People: The Gift of God for the People of God.

"Bringing together theater history, ritual and performance studies, religious history, theology, and the literary history of both the Middle Ages and the Reformation, Signifying God will engage scholars working in these disciplines, as well as all those who seek to explore the relations between them."--Jacket.

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CHOICE Review

Beckwith (Duke Univ.) provides a complex study of the York Corpus Christi drama and its productions since it was first staged in 1375. The play has been produced many times in the last half century, starting with a performance in the late 1950s and going on through some very recent productions. Certainly modern presentations of the Corpus Christi drama are more tourist attractions than religious presentations (as was the case in medieval times). The author's intention is to show the "interrelationship between a text and its place over time," a discussion that requires a great deal of attention to extratextual events and interpretations. A very learned reader who is used to modern academic prose may find this book useful. As is true of many theoretical studies, the text requires the reader to rely heavily on the author's interpretation of some very complex material. Seventy pages of notes, many of which are personal and unnecessary. Good bibliography. Graduate and research collections. J. R. Griffin University of Southern Colorado

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Sarah Beckwith is the Marcello Lotti Professor of English in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University

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