Proseminar: Intro to York Cycle (Intro)

  • Teaching


    Faculty Faculty of Humanities
    Domain English
    Code UE-L06.01166
    Languages English
    Type of lesson Proseminar
    Level Bachelor
    Semester SA-2021

    Schedules and rooms

    Summary schedule Tuesday 13:15 - 15:00, Hebdomadaire



    The study of ‘medieval drama’ is dominated by the scriptural mystery cycles.  While these plays sought to teach about scripture and salvation, they were not drily didactic teaching tools but were full of humour, humanity, and spectacle.  Medieval literary theories connected enjoyment and learning, so it is possible that the comedy was the sugar to help the educational medicine go down: however, modern revivals of medieval plays have repeatedly demonstrated that their human power is far more than a sweetener, and in the twentieth century scholars applied theories of carnival to demonstrate medieval theatre’s potential to be politically and socially subversive.  Theatrically they are highly innovative, particularly in their self-conscious exploration of the nature of performance and the relationship between actors and audiences.  This course will comprise in-depth study of the plays of the York Cycle, the most complete of the collections of scriptural plays which survives, and also that for which we have most evidence as to the practicalities of performance.  The plays will be considered as scripts for performance, as vehicles for political polemic, and as part of a verbal and visual culture by which the medieval world explored its relationship with the divine.

    21.09  Introduction to Cycle drama, Ordo Paginarum

    28.09   The Creation of the World, the Fall of the Angels

    05.10  The Creation of Man, the Fall of Man

    12.10  Joseph’s Trouble about Mary

    19.10  The Nativity

    26.10  The Flight into Egypt: the Entry into Jerusalem

    02.11  The Conspiracy; Christ Before Annas and Caiaphas

    09.11  Christ before Pilate I, the Dream of Pilate’s Wife

    16.11  Christ before Herod, Christ before Pilate II, the Judgment

    23.11  The Crucifixion; The Death and Burial

    30.11  The Harrowing of Hell

    07.12  The Resurrection

    14.12  The Last Judgment

    21.12   The Shepherds

    Training objectives
    • Increased familiarity with late Middle English language
    • Knowledge of the style and content of the mystery play
    • Understanding of the importance of performance location
    • Appreciation of the relationships among religions, politics and performance in medieval drama
    • Understanding of the relationship between drama and late medieval art and iconography
    • Appreciation of the place of the mystery play in the development of English theatre
    Off field
  • Dates and rooms
    Date Hour Type of lesson Place
    21.09.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3016
    28.09.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3016
    05.10.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3016
    12.10.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3016
    19.10.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3016
    26.10.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3016
    02.11.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3016
    09.11.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3016
    16.11.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3016
    23.11.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3016
    30.11.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3016
    07.12.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3016
    14.12.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3016
    21.12.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3016
  • Assessments methods

    Séminaire - Outside session

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure
  • Assignment
    Valid for the following curricula:
    English Language and Literature 120
    Version: SA15_BA_ang_V02
    Module One: Foundations

    English Language and Literature 60
    Version: SA15_BA_ang_V01
    Module One: Foundations

    Ens. compl. en Lettres
    Version: ens_compl_lettres

    Lettres [Cours]
    Version: Lettres_v01