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The Impetus of Amateur Scholarship: Discussing and Editing Medieval Romances in Late-Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Britain (review)

The Impetus of Amateur Scholarship: Discussing and Editing Medieval Romances in Late-Eighteenth... Book Reviews century could easily use this volume as a guide for serious primary research on Lydgate's dramatic texts. He or she will come away from reading Sponsler's text with a thorough understanding of these poems and of fifteenth-century dramatic practice, as well as a new perspective on the history of drama and spectacle. Now that these works have been collected, it will be easy for professors to include fifteenth-century drama on their syllabi, for graduate and undergraduate classes alike. New generations of scholars will encounter Lydgate's dramatic poems along with more well-known theatrical texts, which will change the way that drama history is taught, written, and received. Crucially, Sponsler's volume shows that the production of secular drama is intimately related to the poetic tradition and cannot be considered apart from it. Many of her notes point out allusions to Chaucer and similarities to Lydgate's other poems, thereby making visible the intertextual network of literary references that undergirds these performance pieces and encouraging readers to consider the precise nature of the relationship between written poetry and oral performance in the fifteenth century and beyond. Claire Sponsler deserves the thanks of Lydgate scholars, drama historians, and scholars of Middle http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JEGP, Journal of English and Germanic Philology University of Illinois Press

The Impetus of Amateur Scholarship: Discussing and Editing Medieval Romances in Late-Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Britain (review)

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Abstract

Book Reviews century could easily use this volume as a guide for serious primary research on Lydgate's dramatic texts. He or she will come away from reading Sponsler's text with a thorough understanding of these poems and of fifteenth-century dramatic practice, as well as a new perspective on the history of drama and spectacle. Now that these works have been collected, it will be easy for professors to include fifteenth-century drama on their syllabi, for graduate and undergraduate classes alike. New generations of scholars will encounter Lydgate's dramatic poems along with more well-known theatrical texts, which will change the way that drama history is taught, written, and received. Crucially, Sponsler's volume shows that the production of secular drama is intimately related to the poetic tradition and cannot be considered apart from it. Many of her notes point out allusions to Chaucer and similarities to Lydgate's other poems, thereby making visible the intertextual network of literary references that undergirds these performance pieces and encouraging readers to consider the precise nature of the relationship between written poetry and oral performance in the fifteenth century and beyond. Claire Sponsler deserves the thanks of Lydgate scholars, drama historians, and scholars of Middle

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JEGP, Journal of English and Germanic PhilologyUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Oct 11, 2012

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