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Cestrian Collaborations: Creating Texts, Casting, and Moving en Masse

Matthew Sergi

in Practical Cues and Social Spectacle in the Chester Plays

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226709239
eISBN:
9780226709406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226709406.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter provides a range of ways in which the Chester plays invited active participation and collaboration by large groups, including a hypothesis for how local participants’ interests and ... More


Porousness and Diffusion in the Chester Goldsmiths’ Mise-en-Scène

Matthew Sergi

in Practical Cues and Social Spectacle in the Chester Plays

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226709239
eISBN:
9780226709406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226709406.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter reads guild drama as street performance. It presents evidence for mobile carriage stages and how they worked, both from local records and implicit cues in the extant text. From there, it ... More


In the Long Run: Practical Time in the Chester Plays

Matthew Sergi

in Practical Cues and Social Spectacle in the Chester Plays

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226709239
eISBN:
9780226709406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226709406.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Drama

The Chester plays blend old and new material, making them undatable by design. This chapter presents evidence for the presence of material from before 1500, woven into the Chester cycle, relatively ... More


Festive Piety: Food, Drink, and Recreation-as-Devotion in the Chester Plays

Matthew Sergi

in Practical Cues and Social Spectacle in the Chester Plays

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226709239
eISBN:
9780226709406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226709406.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter shows that the Chester plays are dotted with cues to eat and drink, often when neither the biblical source nor the dramatic narrative calls for feasting. The Chester Painters’ Shepherds ... More


For the Lewd Standing Here: Chester’s Athletic Spectacles and Unruly Fans

Matthew Sergi

in Practical Cues and Social Spectacle in the Chester Plays

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226709239
eISBN:
9780226709406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226709406.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter begins by describing a local tradition of Shrovetide football, which exemplifies the prominence of sport in Cestrian culture as much as it does the prominence of destructive violence in ... More


Practical Cues and Social Spectacle in the Chester Plays

Matthew Sergi

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226709239
eISBN:
9780226709406
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226709406.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This book’s subject is the relationship between early play texts and early performance, as manifested in the extant manuscripts (inscribed 1575-1607) of the Chester plays (performed, and continually ... More


The Clothworkers’ Portents

Matthew Sergi

in Practical Cues and Social Spectacle in the Chester Plays

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226709239
eISBN:
9780226709406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226709406.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Drama

A short coda brings the book’s methodologies to bear on a Chester play for which no practical cues are available: the Clothworkers’ Portents play. Examples from other Chester plays are offered to ... More


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