Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in the York Corpus Christi Plays

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University of Chicago Press, 2003 - 294 pàgines
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In Signifying God, Sarah Beckwith explores the most lavish, long-lasting, and complex form of collective theatrical enterprise in English history: the York Corpus Christi plays. First staged as early as 1376, the plays were performed annually until the late 1500s and involved as much as a tenth of the city in multiple performances at a dozen or more locations.

Introducing a radical new understanding of these plays as "sacramental theater," Beckwith shows how organizing the plays served as a political mechanism for regulating labor, and how theater and sacrament combined in them to do important theological work. She argues, for instance, that the theology of Corpus Christi in the resurrection plays can only be understood as a theatrical exploration of eucharistic absence and presence. Beckwith frames her study with discussions of twentieth-century manifestations of sacramental theater in Barry Unsworth's novel Morality Play and Denys Arcand's film Jesus of Montreal, and the connections between contemporary revivals of the York Corpus Christi plays and England's heritage culture.
 

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The York Corpus Christi Cycle as a Contemporary Theater of Memory
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Social Relation and Symbolic Act
21
2 Ritual Theater and Social Space in the York Corpus Christi Cycle
23
Organizing the York Corpus Christi Plays
42
Sacramental Theater
57
The York Crucifixion as Sacramental Theater
59
The Theater of Resurrection in York
72
6 Penance Presence Punishment
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Reform
119
The Reform of the York Corpus Christi Plays
121
Revival
159
The Gift of God for the People of God
161
Notes
191
Works Cited
261
Index
287
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Sarah Beckwith is professor of English at Duke University. She is author of Christ's Body: Identity, Culture and Society in Late Medieval Writings and editor of Catholicism and Catholicity: Eucharistic Communities in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.

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