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Censorship and the Representation of the Sacred in Nineteenth-Century England$
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Jan-Melissa Schramm

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198826064

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198826064.001.0001

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Homo Ludens

Homo Ludens

The Oberammergau Passionsspiele and Tragic ‘Play’ at Fin-de-Siècle

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(p.163) 5 Homo Ludens
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Censorship and the Representation of the Sacred in Nineteenth-Century England
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Jan-Melissa Schramm

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198826064.003.0005

Despite its ban in England, sacred drama remained a popular genre on the Catholic European mainland. The most famous of the European Passion plays in the Victorian period was the Oberammergau Passionsspiele, which had been staged every ten years since 1634. The large body of accounts, diaries, and newspaper reports written by members of British expeditions to Oberammergau tell us much about what it meant for sacred drama to be performed rather than simply read. Whilst many commentators critiqued the Passionsspiele in the terms that have become familiar throughout this study (including its Catholic ‘materialism’, and the betrayal of a sacred ‘Ideal’ by the flawed bodies of the all-too-human actors), others saw nothing less than a harbinger of renewal for the English stage if it could only foreground ‘genuine folk art’ in the way that Bavaria had done.

Keywords:   Oberammergau Passionsspiele, European tourism, Catholicism, Oscar Wilde, blasphemy, Laurence Housman, G. K. Chesterton, censorship, mystery plays, sacrifice

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