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The Mary play : from the N. town Manuscript /
edited by Peter Meredith.
imprint
Exeter : University of Exeter Press, 1997.
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viii, 185 p. : facsims. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0859895475 (pbk)
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Exeter : University of Exeter Press, 1997.
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0859895475 (pbk)
catalogue key
1482536
 
Bibliography: p. 24-28.
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Given recent scholarly attention by historians and feminists (Marina Warner's book Alone of All Her Sex, CH, May '76; Julia Kristeva's essay ``Stabat Mater'') to the figure of Mary, Peter Meredith's thorough edition of the N. town Mary play is welcome for making readily accessible to students and scholars alike a hitherto obscure and neglected play. The Middle English play is worthy of attention for its unusual dramatic amplification of apocryphal stories about Mary, such as her conception and betrothal to Joseph. Meredith's edition, the first separate edition of the play, includes a full bibliography, glossary, textual notes, and informative critical notes that explain theological and literary contexts and provide carefully considered comments on the probable dramatic performance of the play. A full introduction provides manuscript, language, and historical context. Unfortunately, a full literary analysis of the play is missing, although literary insight is provided in the notes. The thoroughness of the edition as well as the fullness of its scholarly apparatus-which includes the fascinating sequence, ``Joseph's Trouble About Mary''-make this paperback edition a work that should provide opportunity for much literary debate about the puzzling and controversial figure of Mary. Appropriate for graduate students and upper-division undergraduates.-E. Robertson, University of Colorado at Boulder
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"Peter Meredith argues for the existence of a separate Mary Play within the N-town cycle and presents it here together with extensive and valuable commentary." Medium Aevum, Vol. LXVII, 1998
"Peter Meredith argues for the existence of a separate Mary Play within the N-town cycle and presents it here together with extensive and valuable commentary." Medium Aevum,Vol. LXVII, 1998
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Summaries
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The Mary Play is a beautiful and engaging piece of late medieval stagecraft. It is rich in music and spectacle, and is the only English play which deals with the parents of the Virgin Mary and with her early life; the only play which centers on a prayer, the Ave Maria; the only play which in its devotional intensity reflects the central concerns of the late fifteenth century lay piety.This edition, a new volume in the series Exeter Medieval English Texts and Studies, presents the play as a single entity rather than as a number of pageants in a cycle play.The introduction describes the manuscript, its language, place, and staging. There is extensive commentary which places the play in its intellectual and its theatrical contexts, and a complete glossary.
Main Description
The Mary Play is a beautiful and engaging piece of late medieval stagecraft. It is rich in music and spectacle and is the only English play which deals with Mary's parents and her early life; the only play which centres on a prayer, the Ave Maria; the only play which in its devotional intensity reflects the central concerns of late fifteenth century lay piety. Two recent productions have demonstrated its effectiveness as drama. The Mary Play comes from Norfolk and matches theatrically the elaborate painting, stained glass and carving of that area. The Marian shrine of Walsingham is part of its local context. This edition, a new volume in the series Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies, presents the play as a single entity rather than as a number of pageants in a cycle play. The introduction describes the manuscript, its language, place and staging. There is an extensive commentary which places the play in its intellectual and theatrical contexts, and a complete glossary.
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This edition presents the play as a single entity rather than as a number of pageants in a cycle play. The introduction describes the manuscript, its place and staging, and an extensive commentary places the play in its repective contexts.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introductionp. 1
The Manuscriptp. 1
Language and Placep. 6
Metre, Language and Stylep. 7
Dramatic and Social Contextp. 9
Teachingp. 13
The Treatment of Sourcesp. 14
Stagingp. 19
Bibliographyp. 24
Editorial proceduresp. 29
The Mary Playp. 30
Notesp. 85
Appendicesp. 122
Glossaryp. 138
List of proper names and dramatis personaep. 181
List of Latin words, phrases, etc. in text and stage directionsp. 184
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