Date of Award

9-25-1990

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

Supervisor

Anne Savage

Language

English

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to explore the ways in which women are portrayed in folk drama. The thesis divides into two main sections. In the first, the English mummer's plays of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are analyzed on an anthropological model in order to determine the symbolic functions of the man-dressed-as-woman. In the second, the historical development of the Maid Marian character of the Robin Hood legend highlights the differences between folk drama and the legitimate stage. The ideas of Mikhail Bahktin provide the link in these materials.

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