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Vision and Audience in Medieval Drama

A Study of the Castle of Perseverance

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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Andrea Louise Young
    Pages 1-22
  3. Andrea Louise Young
    Pages 23-54
  4. Andrea Louise Young
    Pages 55-70
  5. Andrea Louise Young
    Pages 71-91
  6. Andrea Louise Young
    Pages 93-118
  7. Andrea Louise Young
    Pages 119-142
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 143-228

About this book


The earliest complete morality play in English, The Castle of Perseverance depicts the culture of medieval East Anglia, a region once known for its production of artistic objects. Discussing the spectator experience of this famed play, Young argues that vision is the organizing principle that informs this play's staging, structure, and narrative.


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About the authors

Andrea Young is Lecturer at the University of Liverpool Continuing Education program.

Bibliographic information


"While recovering the experiences of individual spectators from this period is virtually impossible, Young's book draws on a wide range of evidence - the play text itself, the manuscript's staging diagram, modern 'historical' performances and the reviews they attracted, modern critical theory, practical experimentation, medieval art, and texts on optics and the theology of vision - to construct the dynamic of spectatorship which the play exploits. This is an imaginative and sustained piece of analysis, underpinned by extensive reading." - John J McGavin, Professor of English, University of Southampton, UK