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Christianity and drama

Hans Urs von Balthasar, Theo-Drama: Theological Dramatic Theory (German edition 1973–83; English translation 1988–98)
Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W Goheen, The Drama of Scripture: Finding our Place in the Biblical Story (2004), 2014. [The Christian metahistory as a drama in six acts.]
Beatrice Batson (ed.), Word and Rite: The Bible and Ceremony in Selected Shakespeare Works, 2010.
Roy W. Battenhouse, Shakespearean Tragedy: Its Art and its Christian Premises, 1969.
Gilbert G. Bilezikian, The Liberated Gospel: A Comparison of the Gospel of Mark and Greek Tragedy, Grand Rapids, Baker, 1977.
Ruth H. Blackburn, Biblical Drama under the Tudors, 1971, The Hague, Mouton.
M.C. Bradbrook, Themes and Conventions of Elizabethan Tragedy, 2nd edn. 1980.
A.C. Bradley, Shakespearean Tragedy, 1905.
Jan Bloemendal, Peter G.F. Eversmann, Elsa Strietman (eds.), Drama, Performance and Debate: Theatre and Public Opinion in the Early Modern Period, Brill, 2013.
Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale, Harper & Row, 1977
R.M. Cornelius, Christopher Marlowe’s Use of the Bible, New York, 1984.
Sinead Crowe, Religion in Contemporary German Drama, NY, 2013.
Bryan Crockett, The Play of Paradox: Stage and Sermon in Renaissance England, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995.
T.S. Eliot, ‘A Dialogue on Dramatic Poetry’ (1932); ‘Poetry and Drama’ (1951) in Selected Essays, 1951.
Una Ellis-Fermor, The Frontiers of Drama (1945), 1964.
Signi Lenea Falk, Archibald MacLeish, New York, Twayne, 1965 (on J.B., 1958).
Angus Fletcher, The Transcendental Masque: An Essay on Milton’s Comus, Cornell UP, 1971.
W.A. Fowlie, Paul Claudel, 1957.
Northrop Frye, Anatomy of Criticism, 1957.
Helen Gardner, ‘The Language of Drama’ in The Art of T.S. Eliot, 1949.
John Gassner, Form and Idea in Modern Theatre, 1956.
John Gassner and Edward Quinn, The Reader’s Encyclopedia of World Drama, 1970.
Erika Gottlieb, Lost Angels of a Ruined Paradise: Themes of Cosmic Strife in Romantic Tragedy, British Columbia, Sono Nis Press,, 1981.
Hannibal Hamlin, The Bible in Shakespeare, 2013.
Trevor A. Hart and Steven R. Guthrie (eds.),
Faithful Performances: Enacting Christian Tradition, Ashgate, 2007.
Richard Hasnip, The Mystery and the Passion: Creating Holy Theatre, Authentic Media, 2009.
Margot Heinemann,  Puritanism and theatre: Thomas Middleton and Opposition Drama, 1980.
T.R. Henn, The Harvest of Tragedy, 2nd edn., 1966.
Russell M. Hillier, “The Good Communicated": Milton’s Drama of the Fall and the Law of Charity’ in Milton’s Messiah: The Son of God in the Works of John Milton, 2011.
Charles David Isbell, The Functions of Exodus Motifs in Biblical Narratives: Theological Didactic Drama, Lampeter, The Edwin Mellen Press, 2002.
Todd E. Johnson and Dale Savidge, Performing the Sacred: Theology and Theatre in Dialogue, Baker Academic, 2009.
L.C. Knights, Drama and Society in the Age of Jonson, 1937.
F. Michael Krouse, Milton’s Samson and the Christian Tradition, Princeton UP., 1949.
Carole J. Lambert, ‘Paul Claudel’ in The Empty Cross, 1990.
D.H. Lawrence, David, 1925
Russ Leo, 'Scripture and Tragedy in the Reformation', in Kevin Killeen, Helen Smith and Rachel Willie (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, c. 1530–1700, OUP, 2015, pp. 498–517.
Alison Searle, ‘Conversion, Incarnation, Performance: Theology and the Future of Imagination’, in David Starling and Trevor Cairney (eds.), Theology and the Future: Evangelical Assertions and Explorations, Bloomsbury, 2014.
F.L. Lucas, Tragedy: Serious Drama in Relation to Aristotle’s Poetics, 1957.
Janko Lavrin, Ibsen: An Approach, 1950 (on Brand, 1867).
Philip Mairet, ‘The Gospel, Drama and Society’ in J. H. Oldham, Real Life is Meeting, 1942.
Louis L. Martz, ‘The Saint as Tragic Hero: Saint Joan and Murder in the Cathedral’ in Cleanth Brooks (ed.), Tragic Themes in Western Literature, Yale U.P., 1955.
Robert Marchant, The English Bible and the Tragic, 2003.
Steven Marx, Shakespeare and the Bible, 2000.
Lynette R. Muir, The Biblical Drama of Medieval Europe, 1995.
Reinhold Niebuhr, ‘Christianity and Tragedy’ in Beyond Tragedy: Essays on the Christian Interpretation of History, 1938.
Aidan Nichols, OP, The poet as Believer: A Theological Study of Paul Claudel, 2011.
Allardyce Nicoll, The Theory of Drama, 1931; The Theatre and Dramatic Theory, 1962.
Velona Pilcher, The Searcher: A War Play Reading Version, 1929.
J. B. Priestley, Johnson Over Jordan, 1939
Ben Quash, Theology and the Drama of History, 2005.
Dale B.J. Randall, Winter Fruit: English Drama 1642-1660, 1995.
James Redmond (ed.), Drama and Religion, CUP 1983 (No. 5 of Themes in Drama, CUP, 1979-1988).
James Redmond (ed.), Drama and Society, 1979.
Marie Philomene de los Reyes, The Biblical Theme in Modern Drama, U. of the Philippines Press, 1978.
Murray Roston, Biblical Drama in England: From the Middle Ages to the Present Day, 1968 [‘Biblical’ = OT].
Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957) incl. The Man Born to be King, 1941.
Chester N. Scoville, Saints and the Audience in Middle English Biblical Drama, U of Toronto Press, 2004
Yvonne Sherwood, ‘Prophetic Performance Art’, The Bible and Critical Theory 2.1 (2006). pp. 1.1–1.4.
Grover Smith, Archibald MacLeish, University of Minnesota Press, 1971.
Derek Stanford, Christopher Fry: An Appreciation, 1951.
George Steiner, The Death of Tragedy, 1961.
Adrian Streete,
Protestantism and Drama in Early Modern England, CUP, 2009.
Adrian Streete (ed.), Early Modern Drama and the Bible: Contexts and Readings, 1570-1625, 2012.
J.L. Styan, The Elements of Drama, 1960.
Kevin Taylor and Giles Waller (eds.),
Christian Theology and Tragedy: Theologians, Tragic Literature and Tragic Theory, Ashgate, 2011.
Wesley Vander Lugt and Trevor Hart (eds.), Theatrical Theology: Explorations in Performing the Faith, Wipf & Stock/Lutterworth, 2014.
Kevin J. Vanhoozer, The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology, Westminster John Knox, 2005.
Murray Watts, Christianity and the Theatre, Handsel Press, Edinburgh, 1986
Samuel Wells, Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics, 2004.
Stanley M. Wiersma, More Than the Ear Discovers: God in the Plays of Christopher Fry, Loyola UP, 1983.
Paul Whitfield White, Drama and Religion in English Provincial Society 1485-1660, 2008.
Rowan Williams, The Tragic Imagination, 2016.
Shakeshafte, 2013, (drama) Critical Survey, Vol. 25, No. 3, Special Issue: Creating  Shakespeare (2013), pp. 43-87, on JSTOR
G. Wilson Knight, The Wheel of Fire: Interpretations of Shakespearean Tragedy, (1930), 1954. (T. S. Eliot’s 1930 Introduction has some thoughts on hermeneutics and ‘the right way to interpret poetic drama’.)
 — Principles of Shakespearean Production, 1937
Alan R. Young,
The English Prodigal Son Plays: A Theatrical Fashion of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, Salzburg, 1979.

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