If, as Peter Travis has argued, Expositors were incorporated in the Chester cycle in the early sixteenth century, what model did the reviser draw upon to construct them? I argue that the reviser could not have found a suitable template in cycle dramaturgy; rather, in bringing presenters into the Chester cycle, the reviser has adopted a technique hitherto found, in English drama, only in non-cycle plays - an innovation which is part of a wider pattern of rethinking cycle plays in the sixteenth century.
Michelle M. Butler is an adjunct professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in medieval and sixteenth-century drama. She is currently working on a book about the transition between audience address and soliloquy in the sixteenth century. Her most recent publication, about John Bale's Prolocutor, appeared in Tudor Drama Before Shakespeare, 1485-1590: New Directions for Research, Criticism, and Pedagogy.
Butler, Michelle M..
'The Borrowed Expositor'.
9.2 (2006): 73-90 (paper). Article 5.
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