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This is a Special Order book which has to be individually ordered from the Institute of Jesuit Sources in St Louis, USA. It may take up to a month to arrive. If you are shopping from the US it may be quicker and cheaper to order directly from the IJS (http://www.jesuitsources.com/)

William H. McCabe SJ, Introduction to Jesuit Theater

An engaging, scholarly, and well documented work, this volume has been called the most comprehensive treatment of Jesuit drama which has appeared so far. It is important for the study of drama in general, which was heavily influenced by the Jesuit theater, differently in differing countries.

In Part I, the author traces the origin, purpose, and evolution of the extensive network of Jesuit college theaters from 1550 to 1773. He treats the playwrights, the plays, the techniques of staging, the actors and audiences, and the significance of Jesuit theaters in the history of drama.

In Part II, Fr McCabe undertakes an intensive study of one representative theater, that in the English Jesuit college at St Omers, Belgium.

Part III is devoted to a study of one representative playwright and his work, the British Joseph Simons SJ, whose five important tragedies were performed widely throughout continental Europe. McCabe explores these plays in relation to traditional features of Jesuit tragedy, details Simons’s substitutes for the chorus of classical tragedy, and analyzes his characters to elucidate types of the tragic hero.

There were 148 Jesuit colleges or universities by 1587, 372 by 1625, and 612 by 1710. In virtually all of them, at least one and usually two plays were performed by the students each year. An estimated 100,000 plays appeared on the Jesuit stage. The Jesuit school drama trained such premier dramatists as Calderón, Corneille, Lope de Vega, and Molière.

paperback 346pp.

Price: £15.50

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ISBN: 978 0 912422 62 6

Publisher: Institute of Jesuit Sources


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