This course looks at a sampling of plays from the great civic drama cycles of York, Chester, Coventry, and elsewhere, including Noah’s Flood, The Second Shepherd’s Play, Herod’s Slaughter of the Innocents, The Crucifixion, The Harrowing of Hell, and The Last Judgement. The works presented here offer both a grand history of the world from Creation to Doomsday, and locally-rooted, vernacular versions of a text then otherwise available only in Latin. Knowledge of Middle English is not required since this course will use the modern-spelling edition by Prof. A. C. Cawley. Scholarly online Middle English versions, however, will also be made available for students wishing to practice their skills in that area.
See the overall page for the Medieval Drama: Staging the English Bible module.
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Days and Times
Meeting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays @5:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for December 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, and 21.