Corpus Christi Pageants in England

9780217776899: Corpus Christi Pageants in England
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1911. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CORPUS CHRISTI STAGING Introductory. In the preceding chapters of this volume our study has been devoted largely to the purely mechanical features of the pageants, though some attention was given in chapter III to the Corpus Christi procession as a determining factor in grouping the Old and New Testament plays into cycles. It now remains for us to consider the relations between these mechanical features and the plays themselves, together with some of the principles of staging that resulted from the conditions under which the cycles developed and continued to be produced. Incongruities in the Plays. The conditions under which the plays developed resulted in the presence in the complete cycles of various contradictions and inconsistencies. Some of these are very striking, the most notable, perhaps, being the large number of incongruities in the plays, incongruities which any dramatist ought to have been able to detect and remove. These incongruous elements comprise inconsistencies within single scenes; inconsistencies and contradictions between scenes in more or less close proximity to each other; great inequality in the treatment, tone, style, and metre of the different plays of the same cycle; the narration of incidents in one play which have just been acted a few scenes back; and various other irregularities. Some of these incongruities may well have existed in the cycles as originally composed; for it is very probable that the original cycles were produced by collaboration. And unless such collaboration was planned and executed with the utmost care, many such incongruities would almost inevitably occur. But we know both from the records and from the kinds of inequalities which we find in the plays, that the scenes were being continually revised. And hence we a...

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