English Literature

Pageants

As the growing quantity of records in the Records of Early English Drama series attests, medieval moralities and cycle plays were not only the occasion for many different kinds of play but were also economically significant enterprises. Morality plays often required large place and scaffold structures, costuming, and sometimes large casts while, most notably, town… Continue reading Pageants

Literary

Wole Soyinka’s Art of Characterization in the Play The Swamp Dwellers

The characters in The Swamp Dwellers fell into three groups: the parents Makuri and Alo-conservative, the corrupt priest Kadiye, who beguiles his superstitious followers; and the two positive individuals Igwezu and the Beggar, moving, wondering, seeking and then uncertain what they have found. It is a play of mood and atmosphere, constructed so as to… Continue reading Wole Soyinka’s Art of Characterization in the Play The Swamp Dwellers

English Literature

Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde

Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 61, fol. 1v Language: English (Southeast Midland) Manuscript date: ca. 1420 Chaucer wrote his “book of Troilus” about 1381–6; it survives in 16 manuscripts and the same number of fragments; Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, MS 61 is one of the earliest manuscripts. Only two others and an early Caxton print… Continue reading Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde