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Memory And Remembering: Sacred History And The York Plays, Clifford Davidson Apr 2016

Memory And Remembering: Sacred History And The York Plays, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

Against a background which included revolutionary changes in religious belief, extensive enlargement of dramatic styles and the technological innovation of printing, this collection of essays about biblical drama offers innovative approaches to text and performance, while reviewing some well-established critical issues. The Bible in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries appears in a complex of roles in relation to the drama: as an authority and centre of belief, a place of controversy, an emotional experience and, at times, a weapon. This collection brings into focus the new biblical learning, including the re-editing of biblical texts, as well as classical influences, and ...


Timon Of Athens: The Iconography Of False Friendship, Clifford Davidson Dec 2015

Timon Of Athens: The Iconography Of False Friendship, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

The realization that iconographic tableaux appear at central points in the drama of Shakespeare no longer seems to involve a radical critical perspective. Thus a recent study is able to show convincingly that the playwright presented audiences with a Hamlet who upon his first appearance on stage illustrated what the Renaissance would certainly have recognized as the melancholic contemplative personality. As I have noted in a previous article, the hero of Macbeth when he sees the bloody dagger before him is in fact perceiving the image which most clearly denotes tragedy itself; in the emblem books, the dagger is indeed ...


York Art: A Subject List Of Extant And Lost Art, Clifford Davidson, David O'Connor Dec 2015

York Art: A Subject List Of Extant And Lost Art, Clifford Davidson, David O'Connor

Clifford Davidson

A list, classified by subject, of extant and lost art from pre-Reformation York originally compiled by Clifford Davidson and David E. O'Connor in 1978 and updated by Clifford Davidson, apparently in 2003. This digital reprint was created in 2014 for ScholarWorks at WMU.


The Dramatic Tradition Of The Middle Ages, Clifford Davidson Dec 2015

The Dramatic Tradition Of The Middle Ages, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

The twenty-five essays in this collection provide unusual insights into early European drama. Written by American, European, and Japanese scholars, the contributions focus on such subjects as recent discoveries of medieval music-dramas and the conditions of their composition and performance pictorial elements in English and Continental vemacular drama, the later history of medieval drama, and secular plays and playing. The articles first appeared in The Early Drama, Art, and Music Review, which was the official journal of the EDAM project at the Medieval institute Western Michigan University and are included here for their unique contribution to drama studies. Altogether, the ...


The Apocalyptic Adventures Of Private Winfred Scott Biegle, Clifford Davidson Dec 2015

The Apocalyptic Adventures Of Private Winfred Scott Biegle, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

A modernist novel, describing a dystopian military in the imaginary dictatorship of Atlantis, written more than a half century ago when the author was a conscript in the army during the Cold War. As editor of the post newspaper at the Granite City Engineer Depot, Clifford Davidson was in a privileged position for observing the military mentality of the time, in particular the propensity for bullying intended to turn men into mindless killing machines. From other soldiers he was also able to hear disturbing stories at first hand about World War II and the very recent Korean War, only concluded ...


Iconography: A Checklist Of Some Useful Sources For Scholars And Students Of Medieval Art And Drama, Clifford Davidson Dec 2015

Iconography: A Checklist Of Some Useful Sources For Scholars And Students Of Medieval Art And Drama, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

A classified bibliography of scholarship on medieval drama, art, and music compiled by Clifford Davidson in 2002. This reprint was created in 2014 for ScholarWorks at WMU, with some corrections to the content and the formatting of the 2002 version.


The Early Drama, Art, And Music Project: Publications 1977-2002, Timothy Christiansen, Clifford Davidson Dec 2015

The Early Drama, Art, And Music Project: Publications 1977-2002, Timothy Christiansen, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

A bibliography of publications of the Early Drama, Art, and Music project at Western Michigan University, originally compiled by Timothy Christiansen and updated in 2002 by Clifford Davidson. This digital reprint was created in 2014 for ScholarWorks at WMU, with an addendum, an update, and a few corrections to the formatting of the 2002 publication.


Norwegians In Michigan, Clifford Davidson Dec 2015

Norwegians In Michigan, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

In Norwegians in Michigan, Clifford Davidson shows how Norwegians took advantage of opportunities when they began settling in Michigan in the nineteenth century. Norwegians sailed Lake Michigan, joined the lumber trade, farmed the northwest part of the state, and mined copper and iron in the Upper Peninsula. At the same time, they brought a unique culture that came to be associated with Michigan and the Midwest. The first generations of Norwegians in Michigan maintained close cultural ties with their homeland. Some Norwegian immigrants adjusted to life in a new land more quickly than others. Among these, according to Davidson, were ...


The York Corpus Christi Plays, Clifford Davidson Dec 2015

The York Corpus Christi Plays, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

The feast of Corpus Christi, celebrated annually on Thursday after Trinity Sunday, was devoted to the Eucharist, and the normal practice was to have solemn processions through the city with the Host, the consecrated wafer that was believed to have been transformed into the true body and blood of Jesus. In this way the “cultus Dei” thus celebrated allowed the people to venerate the Eucharistic bread in order that they might be stimulated to devotion and brought symbolically, even mystically into a relationship with the central moments of salvation history. Perhaps it is logical, therefore, that pageants and plays were ...


British Saint Play Records, Clifford Davidson Dec 2015

British Saint Play Records, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

A list of the saint plays and pageants of medieval Britain compiled by Clifford Davidson. This reprint was created in 2014 for ScholarWorks at WMU, with corrections to the formatting of the original index, which appears to have been compiled in 2002.


Memory And Remembering: Sacred History And The York Plays, Clifford Davidson Apr 2014

Memory And Remembering: Sacred History And The York Plays, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


Corpus Christi Plays At York: A Context For Religious Drama, Clifford Davidson Dec 2012

Corpus Christi Plays At York: A Context For Religious Drama, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

For roughly two centuries, the streets of the city of York were home to the annual performance of a cycle of mystery plays held in conjunction with the festival of Corpus Christi. Remarkable as the resilience of such an event is, no scholar has yet to survey fully the plays' urban setting, especially with a view to understanding how and why they might have continued to appeal to citizens and spectators. One theory has been that the City of York made the guilds perform the plays. Yet, as Davidson argues, this is not a satisfactory solution, despite the admittedly coercive ...


Introduction To The Session ‘The End Of Times’, Clifford Davidson Apr 2012

Introduction To The Session ‘The End Of Times’, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


Bullying In York’S Corpus Christi Plays, Clifford Davidson, Sheila White Apr 2010

Bullying In York’S Corpus Christi Plays, Clifford Davidson, Sheila White

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


Bullying In The York Corpus Christi Plays, Clifford Davidson, Shelia White Dec 2009

Bullying In The York Corpus Christi Plays, Clifford Davidson, Shelia White

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


Dux Moraud: Criminality And Salvation In An East Anglian Play, Clifford Davidson Dec 2008

Dux Moraud: Criminality And Salvation In An East Anglian Play, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


Demonstration Performance Of The Cividale Planctus Mariae: A Report, Eric Strand, Matthew Steel, Clifford Davidson Dec 2007

Demonstration Performance Of The Cividale Planctus Mariae: A Report, Eric Strand, Matthew Steel, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


The York Mysteries: Carnivalesque?, Clifford Davidson Aug 2007

The York Mysteries: Carnivalesque?, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


York Mysteries: Seeing And Listening, Clifford Davidson Jul 2007

York Mysteries: Seeing And Listening, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


Everyman, And Its Dutch Original, Elckerlijc, Clifford Davidson, Martin Walsh, Ton Broos Dec 2006

Everyman, And Its Dutch Original, Elckerlijc, Clifford Davidson, Martin Walsh, Ton Broos

Clifford Davidson

No abstract provided.


Festivals And Plays In Late Medieval Britain, Clifford Davidson Dec 2006

Festivals And Plays In Late Medieval Britain, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

The most comprehensive survey to date of medieval festival playing in Britain, this study presents an inclusive view of the drama in the British Isles. It offers detailed readings of individual plays-including the little studied Bodley plays, among others - as well as a summary of what is known of their production. Organized around the rituals of the liturgical seasons, the book clarifies the relationship between liturgical feast and dramatic celebration.


The York Corpus Christi Plays And Visual Piety, Clifford Davidson Dec 2006

The York Corpus Christi Plays And Visual Piety, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

Reprinted in revised form in Corpus Christi Plays at York, 33–62.


Symbolic Engagement In Everyman, Clifford Davidson Dec 2006

Symbolic Engagement In Everyman, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


Selected Studies In Drama And Renaissance Literature, Clifford Davidson Dec 2005

Selected Studies In Drama And Renaissance Literature, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

Reprinted essays except for “Memory, the Resurrection, and Early Drama."


York Guilds And The Corpus Christi Plays: Unwilling Participants?, Clifford Davidson Dec 2005

York Guilds And The Corpus Christi Plays: Unwilling Participants?, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

Maud Sellers, in 1912, introduced the notion that the York guilds which produced the civic Corpus Christi plays found them to be ‘an intolerable and vexatious burden.’ The idea has persisted. However, the picture of guild support for the plays is complex, especially during the period of economic and civic decline which in fact impoverished some guilds and left others with a membership deficit due to the inability to maintain their numbers. York, like other cities, was unable to maintain its population without immigration from outside since the death rate exceeded the birth rate. Pestilence and disease played a part ...


Improvisation In Medieval British Drama, Clifford Davidson Dec 2002

Improvisation In Medieval British Drama, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


The Bodley Christ’S Burial And Christ’S Resurrection: Vernacular Dramas For Good Friday And Easter, Clifford Davidson Dec 2002

The Bodley Christ’S Burial And Christ’S Resurrection: Vernacular Dramas For Good Friday And Easter, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

Reprint in Festivals and Plays, 169–85.


Suffering And The York Plays, Clifford Davidson Dec 2001

Suffering And The York Plays, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


Rev. Of Sarah Beckwith, Signifying God: Social Relations And Symbolic Act In The York Corpus Christi Plays, Clifford Davidson Dec 2001

Rev. Of Sarah Beckwith, Signifying God: Social Relations And Symbolic Act In The York Corpus Christi Plays, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


Rev. Of Kathleen Ashley And Wim Hüsken, Moving Subjects: Processional Performance In The Middle Ages And The Renaissance, Clifford Davidson Dec 2001

Rev. Of Kathleen Ashley And Wim Hüsken, Moving Subjects: Processional Performance In The Middle Ages And The Renaissance, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.