The Community of Morality Plays


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

Plays variously labelled moralities, moralités, histories, zinnespelen, and abele spelen were written and performed in meieval and renaissance England, France, and Lowlands. When these plays have been considered sufficiently important for critical analysis, they have been studied, with one exception, in restricted groups based upon identities of language or provenance. The extrinsic evidence of an international tradition is minimal, but it buttresses the intrinsic evidence of repeated forms to be found in a single type of moralizing drama.

Comparative Drama is carried by JSTOR and Project MUSE.