Folk Play Links - Articles & Books

Compiled by C. Little



Publications listed may be cited as well as full text.


Academic

Articles

001 * A New Perspective on the Origins of Mumming [by Dick Lewis, in American Morris Newsletter, Vol.14 No.1, Mar./Apr. 1990, pp.25-26 - paraphrasing Mummers and Momoeri, by Gareth Morgan, in Folklore, Vol.100 No.1, 1989]
002 * Christmas Mumming and Symbolic Interactionism [citation of Melvin Firestone, in Ethos, Vol.6 No.2, 1978, pp.92-113]
003 * Christmas Mumming and Symbolic Interactionism [by Melvin Firestone, in Ethos, Vol.6, No.2, Summer 1978, pp.92-113 - Subscription required for JSTOR]
004 * Customary Drama: Social and Spatial Patterning in Traditional Encounters [citation of Tom Pettitt, in Folk Music Journal, Vol.7 No.1, 1995, pp.27-42]
005 * Disguise in English Folk Drama [citation of M. Dean-Smith, in Folk Life, Vol.1, 1963]
006 * Elements from the Traditional Drama of England in 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' [citation of Frederick B. Jonassen, in Viator, Vol.17, 1986, p.221]
007 * English Folk Drama in the Eighteenth Century: A Defense of the Revesby Sword Play [citation of Thomas Pettitt, in Comparative Drama, Vol.15 No.1, Spring 1981, pp.3-29]
008 * English Folk-Drama II [by T. Fairman Ordish, in Folk-Lore, Vol.IV No.2, Jun. 1893, pp.149-175]
009 * Folk-Drama [I] [by T. Fairman Ordish, in Folk-Lore, Vol.II No.3, Sep. 1891, pp.314-335]
010 * Here Comes I…" [by Christine Bloxham, in Cake and Cockhorse, Vol.13 No.1, Autumn/Winter 1994, pp.2-4]
011 * Mankind' and the Mumming Plays [by Walter K. Smart, in Modern Language Notes, Vol.XXXII No.1, Jan. 1917, pp.21-25]
012 * Masking in England [citation of Venetia Newall, in New York Folklore, Vol.XI Nos.1-4, 1985, pp.205-229]
013 * Materia Non Medica : The doctor in the mummers' play [by J. H. Milnes Walker, in British Medical Journal, Vol.282 : No.6281, 20th Jun. 1981, p.2043b]
014 * Mummers and Minstrels [citation of William Hale, in Transactions, Excursions & Report for the Year 1902 : Birmingham Archaeological Society, Vol.28, 19th Mar. 1902, pp.37-50]
015 * Mummers' Wooing Plays in England [by Charles Read Baskervill, in Modern Philology, Vol.XXI No.3, Feb. 1924, pp.225-272 - Subscription required for JSTOR]
016 * Mystery History : The Origins of British Mummers' Plays [by Peter Millington, in American Morris Newsletter, Vol.13 No.3, Nov./Dec. 1989, pp.9-16]
017 * Of Standins, Pseudonyms, Mummings and Disguisings : Exploring the influence of the ancient revels on Elizabethan Court masques [by Stephanie Hughes, in Ever Reader, Iss.6, Fall 1997/Winter 1998]
018 * Playhouse Calls: Folk Play Doctors on the Elizabethan Stage [by Richard F. Hardin, in Early Theatre, Vol.5 No.1, 2002]
019 * Spenser's Aesculapius Episode and the English Mummer's Play [citation of Richard F. Hardin, in Spenser Studies, Vol.XV, 2001]
020 * The Ploughboy and the Plough Play [citation of Alun Howkins & Linda Merricks, in Folk Music Journal, Vol.6 No.2, 1991, pp.187-208]
021 * The Ploughboy and the Plough Play [Correspondence:] [citation of Beth Shaw, in Folk Music Journal, Vol.6 No.4, 1993, pp.506-507]
022 * The Ploughboy and the Plough Play [Correspondence:] [citation of Peter Millington, in Folk Music Journal, Vol.7 No.1, 1995, pp.71-72]
023 * The Ploughboy and the Plough Play [Correspondence:] [by Peter Millington, in Folk Music Journal, Vol.7 No.1, 1995, pp.71-72]
024 * The Robin Hood Folk Plays of South-Central England [citation of Michael J. Preston, in Comparative Drama, Vol.10 No.2, Summer 1976, pp.91-100]
025 * The St. George, or Mummers', Plays: a Study in the Protology of the Drama [by Arthur Beatty, in Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Vol.15 No.2, 1907, pp.273-324]
026 * This Man is Pyramus': A Pre-history of the English Mummers' Plays [citation of Thomas Pettitt, in Medieval English Theatre, Vol.22, 2000, pp.70-99]
027 * When the Golden Bough Breaks: Folk Drama and the Theatre Historian [by Tom Pettitt, in NJES : Nordic Journal of English Studies, Vol.4 No.2, Dec. 2005]

Books

028 * Christmas Mumming in England: The House-Visit [Book for sale: by Martin J. Lovelace, in Folklore Studies in Honour of Herbert Halpert : A Festschrift, ed. by Kenneth S. Goldstein & Neil V. Rosenberg, 1980]
029 * Local and "Customary" Drama [Book for sale: by Thomas Pettitt, in A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, ed. by Michael Hattaway, 2010]
030 * New World Traditions in the Study of Early English Custom and Customary Drama [citation of Thomas Pettitt - No.23]
031 * Popular Drama and the Mummers’ Play [Book for sale: by A. E. Green, in Performance and Politics in Popular Drama, eds. by D. Bradby et al, 1981]
032 * Rethinking Folk Drama [by Steve Tillis. Westport, Greenwood Press, 1999 - Subscription required for Questia]
033 * Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain [by Ronald Hutton. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1996 - includes chap. 'Mummers' Play and Sword Dance' - Subscription required for Questia]
034 * The English Folk Play [by E.K. Chambers. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1933 - Subscription required for Questia]
035 * The Roots of Theatre [Book for sale: by Eli Rozik, 2002]
036 * The Chapbook Mummers Play: Analysing Ephemeral Print Traditions [Book for sale: by Paul Smith, in Book Trade Connections from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries, ed. by John Hinks & Catherine Armstrong, 2008, pp.181-202]
037 * The Printing History of The Peace Egg Chapbooks [Book for sale: by Eddie Cass, in Book Trade Connections from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries, ed. by John Hinks & Catherine Armstrong, 2008, pp.161-179]

Papers

038 * Conference Reports: Guising Conference, Glasgow, 2003 [index to David Hopkin, in FLS News, No.41, Nov. 2003, pp.2-4]
039 * Fieldwork - the pleasure … and some responsibilities [citation of Eddie Cass, at Society for Folk Life Studies Annual Conference, Mellac, Brittany, 16th-19th Sep. 2004]
040 * Horsing Around and Egging On: Mumming as Ritual, Revel, and Rebellion [citation of Dagny M.H. Boebel, at College English Association Conference, Cincinatti, Ohio, 4th-6th Apr. 2002, Session 6]
041 * Inscriptions and Annotations on Chapbooks Containing Texts of Traditional Drama: Evidence, But of What? [citation of M.J. Preston, at American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee, 20th-24th Oct. 1999]
042 * Mumming, Civility and Performance Studies [citation of Peter Harrop, at "here we come - dyma ni'n diwad" : Traditional and contemporary folk performances in Britain, Aberystwyth, 2nd-3rd Jun. 2006]
043 * Othello, the Medieval "Mumming Play" and the Extinction of Memory [citation of Iain McClure, at British Shakespeare Association Biennial Conference, Newcastle, 3rd Sep. 2005]
044 * The Chapbook Mummers' Play: Exploring The Interface Between Oral and Print Traditions [citation of P. Smith, at American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee, 20th-24th Oct. 1999]
045 * The English Mummers as Manifestations of the Social Self [by Christine Herold, at 9th SITM Colloquium, Odense, 1998 - on man-woman figures in folk plays]
046 * This Play was Acted Here Before [by Peter Harrop, at Repeat Repeat Conference, Chester, Cheshire, 19th-20th Apr. 2007]
047 * What You didn't Know about the Morris [by Roy Dommett, 1997 - Includes a paragraph on folk plays, which are sometimes traditionally called 'Morris', notably in the English East Midlands. Dommett thinks these plays have a literary origin.]
048 * When did the Quack Doctor First Appear in British Mumming Plays?: New Evidence from Old Sources [citation of Michael Preston, at American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 18th-22nd Oct. 2006]

Theses

049 * Mumming: The Evolution and Continuity of English Vernacular Drama & English Vernacular Performing Arts In The Late 20th Century [abstracts of MA dissertation and PhD thesis by Tom Brown, City University, London]
050 * The English Mummers' Plays as Magical Rites of Passage [MA dissertation by Grace Moore, McGill University, Montreal]
051 * The laughing storyteller: metafolklore about the origin[s] of mummers' plays [MA dissertation by Mathew James Levitt, University of Alberta, Edmonton]
052 * The Origins and Development of English Folk Plays [abstract of PhD thesis by Peter Millington, University of Sheffield]
053 * The Origins and Development of English Folk Plays [PhD thesis by Peter Millington, University of Sheffield]

Encyclopaedias and Dictionaries

054 * Questions & Answers: Mummer [Discussion of the definition from World Wide Words]

[General]

055 * The Cambridge History of English and American Literature:. [by ?, Vol. 5, 1907–21 - Outdated description of mumming plays - from the period when they were thought to be mediaeval in origin.]
056 * The Columbia Encyclopedia [6th edition] [2001]
057 * The English Dialect Dictionary [ed. by Joseph Wright, Vols.I-VI, 1898-1905]
058 * Weird Words: Guiser [by Michael Quinion - Definition from World Wide Words]
059 * World Wide Words: Guiser [Definition plus examples from Yorkshire, Aberdeenshire and Shetland]
060 * World Wide Words: Mummer [Question & answer about the origin and meaning of the word 'Mummer']

General

061 * A Comparison Study of Original and Contemporary Mumming Practices [by Toni Dahlin, including both Mummers' plays and the Philadelphia Mummers' Parade]
062 * Academic Study: Medieval Drama [Drama notes from King's Norton Boys' School, Birmingham, England. 10-page pdf file includes a section on Mumming]
063 * Any Mummers Allowed? [Audio of radio documentary by Chris Brookes (founder of the Mummers Troupe); And CD for sale]
064 * BBC - h2g2 - In comes I! Mumming, Pace-egging and Souling Folk Plays - A655526
065 * Christmas Throughout Christendom [by O.M. Spencer, in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol.46 No.272, Jan. 1873, pp.241-258]
066 * FF-4402 - Mummers and Masks [DVD for sale: by Peter Blow, 2002]
067 * From Masks to Mimes: The ancient art of Mumming
068 * From Ritual to Romance [by Jessie L. Weston, 1920, chap.VII - Outdated description of Sword Dances & Mumming Plays]
069 * Love and Disguise on a Farmboy's Wages [by Karen Schlosberg, in Musician, Jun. 1984 - Article on the album "Mummer" from the band XTC.]
070 * Mummers at the Door [Audio of radio documentary by Chris Brookes (founder of the Mummers Troupe); And CD for sale]
071 * Mummers' Plays [Short reply to listener's query "What was the origin of mummers' plays?"]
072 * The Unbroken Circle - Mummers Play [A general introduction]
073 * What the Hell is Mummers' Play? [Article in Portuguese on English folk plays. Photo of Ron Shuttleworth]

Book Reviews

074 * A petygree of the Plouboys oR modes dancers songs [by Eddie Cass, in Folklore, Vol.112 No.2, Oct. 2001]
075 * A Public Nuisance: A History of the Mummers Troupe [by Denise Lynde, in Theatre History in Canada, Vol.10 No.2, Fall 1989, pp.211-214]
076 * All Silver and No Brass: An Irish Christmas Mumming [by Roger de V. Renwick, in Folklore Forum, Vol.9 No.2, Oct. 1976, pp.67-69]
077 * Chapbooks and Traditional Drama, Part II [by Eddie Cass, in Folklore, Vol.112 No.2, Oct. 2001]
078 * Christmas Mumming in Newfoundland [by Robert D. Bethke, in Folklore Forum, Vol.III Nos.5-6, Sep.-Nov.1970, pp.149-151]
079 * Masks and Mumming in the Nordic Area [citation of Eddie Cass, in Cultural and Social History, Vol.6 No.2, Jun. 2009, pp.237-238 - Subscription required for IngentaConnect]
080 * Room, Room, Ladies and Gentlemen … [by Sandra Billington, in Theatre Research International, Vol.28 No.1, Mar. 2003, pp.96-121]
081 * Room, Room, Ladies and Gentlemen … [by Jacqueline Simpson, in Folklore, Vol.116 No.1, Apr. 2005]
082 * Sword Dancing in Europe [by Roy Judge, in Folklore, Vol.110, 1999]
083 * Sword Dancing in Europe [by Allen Dodson, in American Morris Newsletter, Vol.22 No.1, May.-Jun. 1999, pp.14-17]
084 * Sword Dancing in Europe [citation of Eddie Dunmore, in The Morris Dancer, Vol.3 No.6, (Feb.) 1999]
085 * The English Mummers and their Plays [by Marcia Cebulski, in Folklore Forum, Vol.V No.3, Jul. 1972, pp.115-117]
086 * The English Mummers and their Plays [by Glynne Wickham, in Review of English Studies, New Ser. Vol.23 No.92, Nov. 1972, pp.470-472 - Subscription required for JSTOR]
087 * The English Mummers' Play [by J.W. Saunders, in Review of English Studies, New Ser. Vol.35 No.139, Aug. 1984, pp.420-421 - Subscription required for JSTOR]
088 * The English Mummers' Play [by Paul L. Tyler, in Folklore Forum, Vol.15 No.1, Winter 1982, pp.89-93]
089 * The English Mumming Play: An Introductory Bibliography [in White Dragon, No.29, Imbolc 2001, p.26]
090 * The English Mumming Play: An Introductory Bibliography [citation of Eddie Dunmore, in The [Morris Ring] Circular, No.37, Spring 2001, p.20]
091 * The English Mumming Play: An Introductory Bibliography [by Jacqueline Simpson, in Folklore, Vol.115 No.1, Apr. 2004]
092 * The Hooden Horse [by Charlotte S. Burne, in Folk-Lore, Vol.XXI No.2, Jun. 1910, pp.246-249]
093 * The Lancashire Pace-Egg Play : A Social History [by Harry Langston, in Musical Traditions, 4th Mar. 2002]
094 * The Lancashire Pace-Egg Play : A Social History [citation of Eddie Dunmore, in The Morris Dancer, Vol.3 No.9, (Jan.) 2002]
095 * The Lancashire Pace-Egg Play : A Social History [by Peter Millington, in Folklore, Vol.113 No.2, Oct. 2002]
096 * The Lancashire Pace-Egg Play : A Social History [by Asbjørn Jøn, in Living Traditons]
097 * The Mummers' Play [index to G.H. Cowling, in Transactions of the Yorkshire Dialect Society, Vol.4 Pt.25, p.30]

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