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"This is a Mummers' play I wrote": Modern compositions and their implications

Millington, Peter (2003) "This is a Mummers' play I wrote": Modern compositions and their implications. In: Mumming Traditions in Cross-Border and Cross-Community Contexts, 9-13 June 2003, Derry, Northern Ireland. (Submitted)

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Abstract

It seems that may people feel compelled to rewrite folk plays. Working with a large sample of composed and adapted texts, the apparent personal and cultural motivations of these wannabe folk playwrights are explored. More specifically, this study examines the textual characteristics of the rewritten plays in an attempt to determine what it is that makes the authors think that they have written a mummers' play. These features are then compared with a historical database of “authentic” Quack Doctor plays. It is suggested that similar processes and criteria have existed throughout the history of the plays, and may indeed have been the prime factor in their evolution.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: folk plays, folk drama, modern mummers' plays, skits, textual analysis, graphical analysis, visualisation, thespometrics, play scripts, drama scripts, Jacksdale, Wexford, Guysers, Guisers, Mummers, origins
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (Sheffield) > Department of English Literature (Sheffield) > National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (Sheffield)
The University of Sheffield > University of Sheffield Research Centres and Institutes > National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Peter Millington
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 11:02
Status: Submitted
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1636

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