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Doubting Mary: Early English Drama From N-Town to Shakespeare

Solberg, Emma
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Solberg, Emma
Advisor
Fowler, Elizabeth
McGrady, Deborah
Parker, John
Holsinger, Bruce
Abstract
“Doubting Mary: Early English Drama from N-Town to Shakespeare” challenges received interpretations of trials of the Virgin Mary in medieval drama. I argue that Marian pageants, rather than staging triumphs of faith, perpetuate a tense dialectic between faith and doubt. Trespassing across the periodization border, I contend that English Renaissance tragedy owes its much-lauded skepticism not only to Classical but also vernacular medieval theatrical traditions. This inheritance of doubt challenges received dichotomies that divide medieval from Renaissance and skepticism from belief. The first several chapters discuss the Virgin’s ritual function in the N-Town manuscript; a final chapter tracks adaptations of Marian theatrical conventions through the Reformation, culminating with Shakespeare’s Joan of Arc.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of English, PHD, 2013
Published Date
2013-06-29
Degree
PHD
Rights
All rights reserved (no additional license for public reuse)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository

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