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When the Golden Bough Breaks: Folk Drama and the Theatre Historian


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Title: When the Golden Bough Breaks: Folk Drama and the Theatre Historian
Authors: Pettitt, Tom
Issue Date: Dec-2005
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Publisher: Uni-pub, Norway (hard copy)
Keywords: Tom Pettitt, Thomas Pettitt, folk drama, theatre history
Abstract: The title of Tom Pettitt's essay alludes to the massive impact on theatre historians of Sir James Frazer's monumental work on comparative anthropology, The Golden Bough (1890). It fostered the thesis that English folk drama preserves a pre-Christian fertility ritual, which may in turn have been the point of departure for the evolutionary process culminating with Shakespeare and the Elizabethan theatre. When the anthropological bough breaks, the theatrical cradle must fall, and the essay urges a ... more
ISSN: When the Golden Bough Breaks: Folk Drama and the Theatre Historian
1502-7694
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/230
Appears in Collections:NJES Volume 4, No. 2 (December 2005)

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