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date: 24 August 2019

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A popular notion in medieval drama study is that plays can be fully accessed only in the moment of performance. This idea has been challenged only recently. This article proposes a somewhat different line of critical enquiry that focuses not on the text’s performative qualities, but on the literate practices set into motion in the text’s articulation and transmission. More specifically, it considers the skills and procedures that are regularly used by trained professionals not only in their ordinary lines of work but also to drama. It looks at the clerk’s job of copying a great London spectacle into the city’s official books while also doing a great deal of creative work, citing a report by John Carpenter about Henry VI’s entry into London as an example. It also examines late medieval English drama in relation to the English liturgy, as exemplified by Resurrection plays. Finally, the article discusses the Terence revival and translation in England.

Keywords: drama, performance, London, spectacle, liturgy, Resurrection, plays, Terence, revival, translation

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