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Mystery Plays & Everyman notes

by: Kimberly Burke

Mystery Plays & Everyman notes EH 203

Kimberly Burke
Jacksonville State University
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These are the notes I took in class on Mystery plays & an introduction to Everyman. This does not include the PowerPoint notes on BlackBoard.
Survey of English Literature I
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Mystery plays, Everyman
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kimberly Burke on Saturday January 30, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to EH 203 at Jacksonville State University taught by Dr. Gates in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 11 views. For similar materials see Survey of English Literature I in Foreign Language at Jacksonville State University.

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Date Created: 01/30/16
British Lit – Mystery Plays & Everyman • Pg.447 – Mystery Plays o Mister = guild; Mystery plays from Guild groups – trained workers o Called Mystery b/c each guild was responsible for putting on 1 Corpus Christi play – pg.448 o Second Shepherd’s Play comes from cycle of plays - Offering of Magi § Cycle started with creation & went through Bible stories o Plays could be mounted on wagons & moved through parade § Plays move instead of people o Towneley family – lived in Towneley Hall, Lancaster § 1500 - Had surviving manuscript of the plays which ended up in Huntington Library o 1376 - 1 reference to York Cycle st o 1476 – 1 surviving text of York Cycle o 1576 – Wakefield plays totally suppressed § Henry VIII’s daughter bans Corpus Christi plays • Everyman o After 1485 – Everyman; 1530 – printed text o Allegorical, morality play o No surviving manuscript o Journey literature & film became well-established sub genre § Homer’s Odyssey – movies: “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, Cold Mountain § Eudor Wetley’s “A Worn Path” § Katherine Ann Pater’s – Ship of Fools § Rain Man – made it possible for special needs people to act § John Cheever “The Swimmer” o Short form – 1 continuous scene o Allegorical names § Everyman tries to get people to join him on journey to death • Good deeds save him o Contrition = confessing sins


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