Coded Cohesion from Sin to Salvation: Narratology and Structuralism in the Plays of the Wakefield Master
As anyone remotely familiar with the rich oeuvre of English theatre that stretches from the Wakefield Master
to Neil Bartlett will attest, the medium retains a persistent subversive streak.
27's version of "The Prologue to Chaucer's Legend of Good Women"; issues relating to the staging of medieval dramas including La Seinte Resureccion, Le Jeu de Robin et Marion and Le Jeu du Pelerin; and the existence of the Wakefield Master
They include the notions of text and variant in the Prologue to Chaucer's Legend of Good Women, myths of the Wakefield Master
, two studies in bibliographical identification and identity, and Leander van Ess and the panzerization of early books and history.
The Wakefield Master
enjoys particular attention, and Happe extends his influence to a full third of the overall manuscript.
Some think that if Bruegel had not been a Flemish painter but a Yorkshire playwright, his work would have been much like that of the Wakefield Master
The Preaching Fox: Festive Subversion in the Plays of the Wakefield Master
Stokes's essay on the Wakefield Master
is particularly evocative in capturing 'the bite and intensity' of the way in which he portrays the 'human antagonisms' within certain social relationships.
In particular, the work of a talented reviser, known as the Wakefield Master
, is easily recognizable for its brilliant handling of meter, language, and rhyme, and for its wit and satire.
The plays by the unknown Wakefield Master
are considered the best.
Because of its superior documentation, I will take a fairly close look at it, but I will of course consider the work of the Wakefield Master
and Mankind as well.
Here one may be inclined to take issue with Peter Meredith who takes the Towneley Judgment play as a starting point for his appreciation of the Wakefield Master
, believing that it shows his 'major strengths and weaknesses'.