From beginning to end, Henry V is informed by an acute "metadramatic self-consciousness," which entails a close scrutiny of the discursive modes and conventions associated with the English chronicle play
. (8) Through a process of internal mirroring, the ideology of this particular form is opened up to critical inspection in ways that expose both the latent ambiguities and the coerciveness implicit in its discourse of native heroism.
The chronicle play
which was contemporaneous with early history plays simply served to string together a series of dramatic episodes from some period in the past, often with a crude didactic purpose.
Wright, '"The Historic of King Edward the Fourth": A Chronicle Play
on the Coventry Pageant Wagons', Medieval and Renaissance Drama in English, iii (1986), 69-81.
Finally, Couragemodell 1949, the third and last of the Brechtian "Modellbucher," renders a detailed account of Brecht's chronicle play
Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder as produced by him in Berlin in 1949, once more with Weigel - needless to say - playing the lead; its publication too occurred posthumously, in 1958.
Edward II, Marlowe's persona laden chronicle play
was staged by the Budapesti Kamara Theatre for a chamber theatre using only thirteen actors.
or chronicle historyor also called history play.
More complex and multivalent than at first it appears, this particular chronicle play
not only presents itself as a panegyric of English heroism and national pride (including an allusion to the defeat of the Spanish Armada); (20) it also casts a critical light upon the problems inherent in absolute monarchy as exemplified by the dangerous conduct of a figure such as Edward III who is at once glamorous and repellent, brave and unfeeling, virtuous and potentially vicious.
Composed of 12 scenes, the work is a chronicle play
of the Thirty Years' War and is based on the picaresque novel Simplicissimus (1669) by Hans Jakob Grimmelshausen.
As dramatists they developed the Senecan revenge tragedy, the use of bigger - than - life characters, the chronicle play
, and the romantic comedy.
Saint Joan Chronicle play
in six scenes and an epilogue by Shaw, George Bernard, performed in 1923 and published in 1924.
They transformed the native dramatic inheritance of interlude and chronicle play
into a potentially great drama by writing plays of quality and diversity.
The canonization of Joan of Arc in 1920 reawakened within Shaw ideas for a chronicle play