Towneley Cycle

Unity and Diversity

Peter Happé

Towneley Cycle
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Peter Happé

Distributed for University of Wales Press

228 pages | 5-3/4 x 8-1/2
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780708320488 Published August 2007 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
This volume provides a detailed overview of the Towneley cycle of plays, which were written c. 1500. The plays begin with the fall of Lucifer and end with the Last Judgement. Peter Happé examines the cycle's textual and manuscript history and discusses issues of language and style, the structure of the cycle, and its possible sources and analogues. He also addresses the historical and religious context of the cycle and its performance history.
Contents
Introduction: The Problem of Unity
 
PART ONE: THE TEXT
1.        Prologue: Place and Date
1.1      The Manuscript
1.2      York and Towneley
1.3      Provenances and Authorship
1.4      The Wakefield Master
 
PART TWO: PERFORMING THE CYCLE
2.        Prologue: Some Questions of Performance
2.1      Dramaturgy
2.2      Modern Revivals
2.3      Special Features
 
PART THREE: IDEOLOGIES AND INTERPRETATIVE STRATEGIES
3.        Prologue: Interpretations
3.1      Gender
3.2      Religion and Popular Culture
3.2.1   Religion
3.2.2   Popular Culture
3.3      Social Contexts
3.4      Interrelations in the Psychology of Evil
3.5      Good Men and Women
 
PART FOUR: NEGOTIATING THE TEXT
4.        Prologue
4.1      Development
4.2      Playing and Reception
4.3      Interpretations and Structure
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