Typology, community, and stagecraft in the N-Town ‘Trial of Mary and Joseph’

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Jonathan Stavsky analyses the representation of Jewish–Christian relations in the N-Town ‘Trial of Mary and Joseph’. He situates this play within a wide intertextual context, including the apocryphal source and its Middle English retelling. Considered in this way, Stavsky proposes that the play offers a nuanced vision of Christianity’s roots, as it translates salvation history to fifteenth-century East Anglia in order to forge a just community capable of resisting scandalmongers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnacting the Bible in medieval and early modern drama
EditorsEva Von Contzen, Chanita Goodblatt
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781526131607
ISBN (Print) 9781526131591
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameManchester medieval literature and culture


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