Saint George and the Dragon

Author: Rory Mullarkey

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350064459

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 144

View: 9316

A village. A dragon. A damsel in distress. Into the story walks George: wandering knight, freedom fighter, enemy of tyrants the world over. One epic battle later and a nation is born. As the village grows into a town, and the town into a city, the myth of Saint George which once brought a people together, threatens to divide them.

St George and the Dragons

The Making of English Identity

Author: Michael Collins

Publisher: Fonthill Media


Category: History

Page: 288

View: 6668

St George's Day has become a topic of debate as more and more organizations promote celebrations on 23 April and more people wave the flag of St George to proclaim their allegiance and identity. But who was St George? How did this Near Eastern martyr become England's patron saint and an icon of English culture? And what is his relevance for today's secular, multicultural England? New research reveals that from the third century St George was revered as a healer, protector of women and the poor and patron of agriculture and metal-working more than a military dragon-slayer. Discover the origin of the cross of St George and the roles of Richard I, Edward III and Henry VIII in making St George the patron saint of England. With a foreword by Professor Emeritus Dan Brown, this richly-illustrated celebration of English culture shows how St George can be reinterpreted for our times while remaining true to our English heritage. St George can be enlisted in the cause of ecology, the campaign against FGM, and the fight to end modern slavery and resettle refugees. English yet international, revered both by Christians and Muslims, St George is a multicultural figure who symbolizes universal values.

Everyman and Other Old Religious Plays In Plain and Simple English

Author: Anonymous

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 1629174157

Category: Drama

Page: 1000

View: 4681

Several classic religious / mystery plays are included in this large collection. The text is present with both the original translation and a modern translation. The collection includes: Everyman, The Chester Pageant of the Water-Leaders and Drawers of the Dee Concerning Noah’s Deluge, The Chester Pageant of the Barbers and Wax-Chandlers Representing Abraham, Melchisedec, and Isaac, The Second Shepherds’ Play, The Coventry Nativity Play of the Company of Shearmen and Tailors, The Miracle-Play of the Crucifixion, The Cornish Mystery-Play of the Three Maries, The Cornish Mystery-Play of Mary Magdalene and How She Brought the News of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Apostles, The Pageant of the Harrowing of Hell or Extraction of Souls From Hell, The Interlude of “God’s Promises”

Carnival and Literature in Early Modern England

Author: Dr Jennifer C Vaught

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409456528

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 4286

Carnival and Literature in Early Modern England explores the elite and popular festive materials appropriated by authors during the English Renaissance in a wide range of dramatic and non-dramatic texts. Although historical records of rural, urban, and courtly seasonal customs in early modern England exist only in fragmentary form, Jennifer Vaught traces the sustained impact of festivals and rituals on the plays and poetry of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English writers. She focuses on the diverse ways in which Shakespeare, Spenser, Marlowe, Dekker, Jonson, Milton and Herrick incorporated the carnivalesque in their works. Further, she demonstrates how these early modern texts were used–and misused–by later writers, performers, and inventors of spectacles, notably Mardi Gras krewes organizing parades in the American Deep South. The works featured here often highlight violent conflicts between individuals of different ranks, ethnicities, and religions, which the author argues reflect the social realities of the time. These Renaissance writers responded to republican, egalitarian notions of liberty for the populace with radical support, ambivalence, or conservative opposition. Ultimately, the vital, folkloric dimension of these plays and poems challenges the notion that canonical works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries belong only to 'high' and not to 'low' culture.

St. George and the Dragon and the Quest for the Holy Grail

Author: N.A

Publisher: Forest of Peace Publishing

ISBN: 9780939516070

Category: Fiction

Page: 183

View: 606

Once again, parable-man and storyteller Edward Hays opens the doors of the mind's magic theatre and provides a collection of mystic maps to guide readers on the path to the most fabulous of all hidden treasures--the Holy Grail. Illustrations by the author.

Painting and Celebrated Painters, Ancient and Modern

Including Historical and Critical Notices of the Schools of Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and the Netherlands

Author: Lady Marian Campbell Jervis-White-Jervis

Publisher: N.A


Category: Painting

Page: N.A

View: 8578

The twelve plays of Christmas

traditional and modern plays for the holidays

Author: Lowell Swortzell

Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books


Category: Drama

Page: 503

View: 4301

Here is a joyous pageant of plays by masters through the ages - including Dylan Thomas, Charles Dickens, Thornton Wilder, Langston Hughes, and Hans Christian Andersen - ready to be produced, along with "The Traditional Christmas Pageant" and "The Second Shepherd's Play" in a modernized text and a lively version of "St. George and the Dragon." Comedies like "A Visit from St. Nicholas," "Amahl and the Night Visitors," "Kringle's Window" and "A Partridge in a Pear Tree" stand beside more serious works such as "A Child's Christmas in Wales," "Black Nativity," "Scrooge and Marley," "The Match Girl's Gift" and "The Long Christmas Dinner," called by critic John Gassner "...the most beautiful one-act play in English prose." Lowel Swortzell, himself the author of a number of popular Christmas plays, has brought together these delightful works, which are ideally suited for performances in the classroom, sanctuary, or theatre. Ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, they also can be enjoyed for themselves as holiday reading that reminds us how Christmas has inspired great writers to their highest dramatic achievements.


From Beowulf to St. George

Author: Joseph McCullough

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472801032

Category: Games

Page: 80

View: 7381

With its fiery breath, scaly armour, and baleful, malevolent stare, the dragon became the ultimate symbol of evil and corruption in European folklore and mythology. Often serving as a stand-in for Satan, or the power of evil gods, dragons spread death and hopelessness throughout the land. Only heroes of uncommon valour, courageousness, and purity could hope to battle these monsters and emerge victorious. Those that did became legends. They became dragonslayers. The list of dragonslayers is small, but it is filled with great and legendary names. Hercules, Beowulf, Sigfried, and Saint George all battled to the death with dragons. Other heroes such as Cadmus, founder of the city of Thebes, Dieudonné de Gozon, the Knight of Rhodes, and the Russian warrior Dobrynya Nikitch might be less well known to western readers, but also fought and defeated dragons. This book retells the greatest legends of this select group of warriors, while examining the myth of the dragonslayer in a historical, mythological, and even theological context.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

In a Modern English Version with a Critical Introduction

Author: John Gardner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226283283

Category: Fiction

Page: 203

View: 1670

The adventures and challenges of Sir Gawain, King Arthur’s nephew and a knight at the Round Table, including his duel with the mysterious Green Knight, are among the oldest and best known of Arthurian stories. Here the distinguished author and poet John Gardner has captured the humor, elegance, and richness of the original Middle English in flowing modern verse translations of this literary masterpiece. Besides the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this edition includes two allegorical poems, “Purity” and “Patience”; the beautiful dream allegory “Pearl”; and the miracle story “Saint Erkenwald,” all attributed to the same anonymous poet, a contemporary of Chaucer and an artist of the first rank. “Mr. Gardner has translated into modern English and edited a text of these five poems that could hardly be improved. . . . The entire work is preceded by a very fine and complete general introduction and a critical commentary on each poem.”—Library Journal

Shakespeare and the Apocalypse

Visions of Doom from Early Modern Tragedy to Popular Culture

Author: R M Christofides

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441183221

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 1162

By connecting Shakespeare's language to the stunning artwork that depicted the end of the world, this study provides not only provides a new reading of Shakespeare but illustrates how apocalyptic art continues to influence popular culture today. Drawing on extant examples of medieval imagery, Roger Christofides uses poststructuralist and psychoanalytic accounts of how language works to shed new light on our understanding of Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and King Lear. He then links Shakespeare's dependence on his audience to appreciate the allusions made to the religious paintings to the present day. For instance, popular television series like Battlestar Galactica, seminal horror movies such as An American Werewolf in London and Carrie and recent novels like Cormac McCarthy's The Road. All draw on imagery that can be traced directly back to the depictions of the Doom, an indication of the cultural power these vivid imaginings of the end of the world have in Shakespeare's day and now.

Talon - Drachenschicksal (5)


Author: Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641171849

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 464

View: 1885

Das mutige Drachenmädchen Ember hat sich entschieden: gegen Riley und für Garret, ihren Sankt-Georgs-Ritter. Auch wenn sie weiß, dass er nur ein kurzes Menschenleben hat und sie ihn für immer verlieren könnte. Denn der große Kampf gegen Talon steht bevor: Ember, Garret und der rebellische Riley brechen noch einmal zusammen zu einer gefährlichen Mission auf. Es gilt, die letzten mächtigen Drachen zu finden, die vielleicht bereit sind, es mit Talon aufzunehmen. Doch der Weg zu ihrem Versteck könnte die drei das Leben kosten. Und sie haben nur eine Chance, wenn sie einander bedingungslos vertrauen ... Die Stunde der Entscheidung bricht an – das Schicksal aller freien Menschen und Drachen steht auf dem Spiel.

The Women of Shakespeare's Plays

Analysis of the Role of the Women in Selected Plays with Plot Synopses and Selected One Act Plays

Author: Courtni Crump Wright

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780819188267

Category: Drama

Page: 192

View: 4810

This book analyzes, through easy-to-follow play synopses, the strengths and weaknesses of the female protagonists as they impact not only the plot of Shakespeare's plays but the male protagonist. Selected, condensed one-act versions of the plays are provided in order to enrich the discussion of the play, to stimulate in reading the play in its entirety, and to provide a springboard for group discussion of the play and the impact of the women. Contents: William Shakespeare: His Art, Life and Times; The Women of Shakespeare's Plays: An Overview; The Comedy of Errors; Hamlet, Prince of Denmark; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Julius Caesar; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Macbeth; Much Ado About Nothing; Othello the Moor of Venice; The Taming of the Shrew; Antony and Cleopatra; Twelfth Night or What You Will; Romeo and Juliet; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Bibliography.

Tremendous Trifles

Author: G. K. Chesterton,Aeterna Press

Publisher: Aeterna Press


Category: Religion

Page: 325

View: 3836

This collection shows off Chesterton's talent as a master of short-form prose. These "fleeting sketches," which originally appeared the London newspaper Daily News, describe the most ordinary of events and observations, but through Chesterton's eye, they take on profound new meaning. He explores: 'the secret of a train', 'an extraordinary cabman', 'the advantages of having one leg', 'on lying in bed', 'what he found in his pocket', 'an orthodox barber', 'some policemen and a moral', 'little birds who won't sing' and much more.

Fifty Contemporary Choreographers

Author: Martha Bremser,Lorna Sanders

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134850190

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 1300

First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Prison Shakespeare and the Purpose of Performance: Repentance Rituals and the Early Modern

Author: N. Herold

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137432675

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 142

View: 9386

Over the last decade a number of prison theatre programs have developed to rehabilitate inmates by having them perform Shakespearean adaptations. This book focuses on how prison theatre today reveals certain elements of the early modern theatre that were themselves responses to cataclysmic changes in theological doctrine and religious practice.

Forming Ethical Identities in Early Childhood Play

Author: Brian Edmiston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113410846X

Category: Education

Page: 224

View: 5871

Through compelling examples, Brian Edmiston presents the case for why and how adults should play with young children to create with them a 'workshop for life'. In a chapter on 'mythic play' Edmiston confronts adult discomfort over children's play with pretend weapons, as he encourages adults both to support children's desires to experience in imagination the limits of life and death, and to travel with children on their transformational journeys into unknown territory. This book provides researchers and students with a sound theoretical framework for re-conceptualising significant aspects of pretend play in early childhood. Its many practical illustrations make this a compelling and provocative read for any student taking courses in Early Childhood Studies.

The Polished Hoe

Author: Austin Clarke


ISBN: 088762815X

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 346

Winner of the 2002 Scotiabank Giller Prize and of the 2003 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best Book (Canada and the Caribbean) When an elderly Bimshire village woman calls the police to confess to a murder, the result is a shattering all-night vigil that brings together elements of the African diaspora in one epic sweep. Set on the post-colonial West Indian island of Bimshire in 1952, The Polished Hoe unravels over the course of 24 hours but spans the lifetime of one woman and the collective experience of a society informed by slavery. As the novel opens, Mary Mathilda is giving confession to Sargeant, a police officer she has known all her life. The man she claims to have murdered is Mr. Belfeels, the village plantation owner for whom she has worked for more than thirty years. Mary has also been Mr. Belfeels’ mistress for most of that time and is the mother of his only son, Wilberforce, a successful doctor. What transpires through Mary’s words and recollections is a deep meditation about the power of memory and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. Infused with Joycean overtones, this is a literary masterpiece that evokes the sensuality of the tropics and the tragic richness of Island culture.

Reformations of the Body

Idolatry, Sacrifice, and Early Modern Theater

Author: J. Waldron

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137313129

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

View: 526

This project takes the human body and the bodily senses as joints that articulate new kinds of connections between church and theatre and overturns a longstanding notion about theatrical phenomenology in this period.

Plot, Story, and the Novel

From Dickens and Poe to the Modern Period

Author: Robert L. Caserio

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400867665

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

View: 7943

Giving a close critical reading to major texts by Dickens, Poe, Eliot, Melville, James, Conrad, Lawrence, Joyce, Woolf, and Faulkner, Professor Caserio provides an historical dimension to the developing fate of plot, story, and the novel. In addition, he challenges the major critical positions of Northrop Frye, Roland Barthes, and Edward Said with regard to the interpretation and evaluation of narrative trends. Originally published in 1979. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.