The Origin of Medieval Drama

The Origin of Medieval Drama

by Leonard Goldstein


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The liturgical drama arose in a period of rapidly integrating feudalism. Christians experienced contradiction between a Church that offered salvation and a Church that, through its large landholdings, exploited a large number of peasants. This study examines the attempts made by clergy to revitalize faith by creating new theology, new music, new prayers, tropes, new rituals, and the drama.

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ISBN-13: 9781611472684
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2004
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1.The Received View, Its Critics, and Its Alternatives15
The Received View15
The Critics of the Received View19
The Alternatives48
2.The Social Origin of Ancient Greek Drama70
3.The Historical Basis for the Origin of Medieval Drama96
4.The Social Relations of Concept Formation164
Problems of Concept Formation165
The Millenarian Basis of the Eucharist197
5.A Theory of the Origin of Medieval Drama214
Summary and Conclusion227

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