Cyfrol yn darparu golwg fanwl ar a chyflwyniad i ddramâu Towneley, sef cylch o 32 o ddramâu a gyfansoddwyd tua 1500. Asesir hanes testunol a llawysgrifol y casgliad, a thrafodir iaith ac arddull a strwythur. Mantolir wedyn gyd-destun hanesyddol a chrefyddol y casgliad.
This volume provides a detailed overview of and critical introduction to the Towneley cycle of plays, a 32-play cycle written in c.1500. It 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, and goes on to address the historical and religious context of the cycle.
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
2.2 Modern Revivals
2.3 Special Features
PART THREE: IDEOLOGIES AND INTERPRETATIVE STRATEGIES
3. Prologue: Interpretations
3.2 Religion and Popular Culture
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
4.2 Playing and Reception
4.3 Interpretations and Structure
Peter Happé was formerly Principal of Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Hampshire and is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Department of English at Southampton University. He has published many editions of medieval and early modern drama, including Tudor Interludes (Penguin, 1972), English Mystery Plays (Penguin, 1975) and Four Morality Plays (Penguin, 1979). His critical works include John Bale (Twayne, 1996) and English Drama Before Shakespeare (Longman, 1999). He has published over 25 articles on medieval and Jacobean theatre.
The Towneley Cycle cannot be overlooked in any study of medieval drama. Undergraduate and graduate courses which focus on medieval literature usually include a strand on medieval drama, and the Second Shepherd's Play usually features prominently. This book therefore is likely to be recommended to students on such courses as a secondary text, and will be bought by most good University libraries.
This volume provides a detailed overview of and critical introduction to the Towneley cycle of plays, a 32-play cycle written in c.1500, which begins with the fall of Lucifer and ends with the Last Judgment, and was performed as part of the festival of Corpus Christi in Wakefield. 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. In the second half of the book, he addresses the historical and religious context of the cycle and evidence of its performance history, and offers an analysis of the work of the Wakefield Master.
'There has been no book-length study of the cycle for many years and, given the extent to which research in the field of medieval drama has developed in the past decades, the time is certainly ripe for a new monograph on this topic. This is an exciting work.'
Diane Watt, Professor of English, University of Wales Aberystwyth
'Happé has written an admirable study, which is attractively produced by its publisher. There will be no justice if it is not for many years the book on the Towneley plays.'
Andrew Breeze, University of Navarre, Pamplona, MLR, 103.3, 2008