THE 'MORALITY PLAY': Dead End or Main Street?

Cartwright, John
July 1996
Medieval English Theatre;1996, Vol. 18, p3
Academic Journal
The article focuses on postmedieval morality plays, which describe a form of 15th and 16th century English play. It presents professor Pamela King's discussion of the morality play, which she defines as one that offers moral instruction through a broadly allegorical dramatic action. It mentions that morality plays address issues of modern interest and value and are characterized by dramatic form in terms of dialogue, developing action, and actors as well as a tightly organized argument like in "Wit and Science," by John Redford. Moreover, it analyzes two morality plays, "Prologhen" and "Spel van Spinnen," which are both written on set themes.


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