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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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."


Deliver Us From Evil: Essays On Symbolic Engagement In Early Drama, Clifford Davidson Dec 2003

Deliver Us From Evil: Essays On Symbolic Engagement In Early Drama, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

The focus of this book is on the reality of evil for medieval and Renaissance dramatists and their audiences. What propels the work beyond similar critiques is the author's insistence that evil is not an outmoded feature of past societies, but an active ingredient of contemporary life. Davidson fast forwards from distant times once described as "calamitous" to a century of far more violence and atrocity - our own twentieth and its overflow. While drawing on Kant to illuminate the kinds of evil portrayed in early drama through Marlowe and Shakespeare, Davidson refers to contemporary events that scream for an ...


The Coventry Mysteries And Shakespeare’S Histories, Clifford Davidson Dec 2003

The Coventry Mysteries And Shakespeare’S Histories, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


Improvisation In Medieval British Drama, Clifford Davidson Dec 2002

Improvisation In Medieval British Drama, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


History, Religion, And Violence: Cultural Contexts For Medieval And Renaissance Drama, Variorum Series, Clifford Davidson Dec 2001

History, Religion, And Violence: Cultural Contexts For Medieval And Renaissance Drama, Variorum Series, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

Reprinted essays, except for “Marlowe, the Papacy, and Doctor Faustus.”


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.


The Coventry Mysteries And Shakespeare’S Histories, Clifford Davidson Apr 2001

The Coventry Mysteries And Shakespeare’S Histories, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


Gesture In Medieval Drama And Art, Clifford Davidson Dec 2000

Gesture In Medieval Drama And Art, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

Includes essay “Gesture in Medieval English Drama.”


Signs Of Doomsday In Drama And Art, Clifford Davidson Dec 1999

Signs Of Doomsday In Drama And Art, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


The Coventry Corpus Christi Plays, Clifford Davidson, Pamela King Dec 1999

The Coventry Corpus Christi Plays, Clifford Davidson, Pamela King

Clifford Davidson

One of the greatest medieval drama cycles in England was mounted annually at Coventry at Corpus Christi until suppressed in 1579, and is of particular importance because it was almost certainly seen by William Shakespeare when he was a boy in nearby Stratford-upon-Avon. The two extant pageants from this cycle have been re-edited and are presented here for the first time in a modern critical edition. The introduction provides a full survey of knowledge about the Coventry cycle from the local dramatic records and other sources of information. Comprehensive critical and textual notes are included as well as a select ...


Cain In The Mysteries: The Iconography Of Violence, Clifford Davidson Dec 1999

Cain In The Mysteries: The Iconography Of Violence, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


The Anxiety Of Power And Shakespeare’S Macbeth, Clifford Davidson Dec 1999

The Anxiety Of Power And Shakespeare’S Macbeth, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

Rpt. in History, Religion, and Violence, pp. 42-63.


Material Culture And Medieval Drama, Clifford Davidson Dec 1998

Material Culture And Medieval Drama, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

The contributions by distinguished American and British scholars to this volume recognize that early drama depended on specific developments in material culture in order to achieve its effects, which included both visual and auditory means of appealing to audiences. The discussions range from the parchment and paper on which the plays were written to the instruments which enhanced their production. Of special interest is Mary Remnant’s survey of musical instruments available to producers; she is the recognized expert on medieval English instruments.


The Worlde And The Chylde, Clifford Davidson, Peter Happé Dec 1998

The Worlde And The Chylde, Clifford Davidson, Peter Happé

Clifford Davidson

The Worlde and the Chylde, issued by the press of Wynkyn de Worde in 1521, is one of the very earliest plays published in England. It also has very considerable interest for its adaptation of the Ages of Man iconography, which is extensively treated in the introduction, notes, and illustrations.


Baptism, The Three Enemies, And T. S. Eliot, Clifford Davidson Dec 1998

Baptism, The Three Enemies, And T. S. Eliot, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract provided.


The Sacrifice Of Isaac In Medieval English Drama, Clifford Davidson Dec 1998

The Sacrifice Of Isaac In Medieval English Drama, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

Rpt. in History, Religion, and Violence, pp. 124-48.