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MRDS Publication and Presentation Awards - Winners

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Past winners of the annual MRDS awards.


David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies

2010 Tiffany Stern. Documents of Performance in Early Modern England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
2009 Simon Palfrey and Tiffany Stern. Shakespeare in Parts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
2008 Carol Symes. A Common Stage: Theatre and Public Life in Medieval Arras. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007.
2007 Pamela King. The York Mystery Cycle and the Worship of the City. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2006.
2006 Philip Butterworth. Magic on the Early English Stage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.


2005 Andrew Gurr. The Shakespeare Company, 1594-1642. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004
Eckehard Simon. Die Anfänge des Weltlichen Deutschen Schauspiels, 1370-1530: Untersuchung und Dokumentation. Tübingen: M. Niemeyer, 2003.
2004 Meg Twycross and Sarah Carpenter. Masks and Masking in Medieval and Early Tudor England. Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama. Aldershot, Hants, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2002.
2003 Glenn Ehrstine. Theater, Culture, and Community in Reformation Bern, 1523-1555. Studies in Medieval and Reformation Thought, 85. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2002.
2002 Lawrence M. Clopper. Drama, Play, and Game: English Festive Culture in the Medieval and Early Modern Period. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.
Max Harris. Aztecs, Moors, and Christians: Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico and Spain. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000.
2001 Michael O'Connell. The Idolatrous Eye: Iconoclasm and Theater in Early Modern England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
2000 Gordon Kipling. Enter the King: Theatre, Liturgy, and Ritual in the Medieval Civic Triumph. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998.


Martin Stevens Award for the Best New Essay in Early Drama Studies

Scott Oldenburg, "Toward a Multicultural Mid-Tudor England: The Queen's Royal Entry Circa 1553,
The Interlude of Wealth and Health, and the Question of Strangers in the Reign of Mary I," ELH 76.1 (2009): 99-129.
2009 Steven Wright, "Wrangling Livestock, Dragons, and Children: Pragmatic Stagecraft and Its Thematic Consequences in The Augsburg St. George Play (c. 1486)," Research Opportunities in Medieval and Renaissance Drama 47 (2008): 51-71.
2008 Erika Lin, "Performance Practice and Theatrical Privilege: Rethinking Weimann's Concepts of Locus and Platea," New Theatre Quarterly 22 (2006): 283-298.
2007 Noah D. Guynn, "A Justice to Come: The Role of Ethics in La Farce De Maistre Pierre Pathelin,” Theatre Survey 47 (2006): 13-31.
2006 Barbara D. Palmer, "Early Modern Mobility: Players, Payments, and Patrons," Shakespeare Quarterly 56 (2005), pp. 259-305.
2005 Max Harris and Lada Čale Feldman, "Blackened Faces and a Veiled Woman: The Early Korčula Moreška," Comparative Drama 37 (2004): 297-320.
Alexandra F. Johnston, "The Feast of Corpus Christi in the West Country," Early Theatre 6.1 (June 2003).
2003 Carol Symes, "The Appearance of Early Vernacular Plays: Forms, Functions, and the Future of Medieval Theater," Speculum 77, no. 3 (July 2002).
2002 Theresa Coletti, "Paupertas est donum Dei: Hagiography, Lay Religion, and the Economics of Salvation in the Digby Mary Magdalene," Speculum 76, no. 2 (April 2001).
2001 Gloria J. Betcher. "Translating a Labour Dispute in the Cornish Ordinalia Within a Legal Context." Fourteenth-Century England, Vol. I, ed. Nigel Saul (London: Boydell Press, 2000).
2000 Stephen K. Wright. "Joseph as Mother, Jutta as Pope: Gender and Transgression in Medieval German Drama." Theatre Journal 51 (1999).


Alexandra Johnston Award for Best New Conference Paper in Early Drama Studies by a Graduate Student

2010 Thomas Meacham, "Liber Apologeticus: Academic Drama as Textual and Cultural Practice in Late Medieval England." Presented at Kalamazoo 2009.
2009 Frank Napolitano, "Miraculous Rhetoric: The Relationship between Rhetoric and Miracles in the York 'Entry into Jerusalem.” Presented at Kalamazoo 2008. Subsequently published in Early Theatre 12.2, Dec. 2009.
2008 Susannah Crowder, “Recontextualizing the Performances of the Drogo Sacramentary within Ninth-Century Metz.” Presented at SITM 2007. 
2007 No winner
2006 Christopher Lee, "Jews as Didactic Instruments" delivered at the New Medievalism II conference, University of Western Ontario, 11 March 2005.


Jenna Soleo, "'Teatro' in Piazza: Siena's Piazza del Campo as a Performance Space," delivered at SITM in Elche in 2004.

Barbara D. Palmer Award for the Best New Essay in Early Drama Archives Research

 2010 David Kathman, "The Rise of Commercial Playing in 1540s London," Early Theatre 12.1 (2009).