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The Theater of Devotion

East Anglian Drama and Society in the Late Middle Ages

In this interdisciplinary study of drama, arts, and spirituality, Gail Gibson provides a provocative reappraisal of fifteenth-century English theater through a detailed portrait of the flourishing cultures of Suffolk and Norfolk. By emphasizing the importance of the Incarnation of Christ as a model and justification for late medieval drama and art, Gibson challenges currently held views of the secularization of late medieval culture.

268 pages | 52 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1989

History: British and Irish History

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature

Medieval Studies

Religion: Religion and Literature

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1: Fifteenth-Century Culture and the Incarnational Aesthetic
Ch. 2: East Anglian Religious Culture in the Late Middle Age
Ch. 3: St. Margery: The Book of Margery Kempe
Ch. 4: In Search of East Anglian Devotional Theater: Three Lives
Ch. 5: Monastic Theater
Ch. 6: Mary’s Dower: East Anglian Drama and the Cult of the Virgin
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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