Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




In order to study the beginning of drama one must understand the context or the womb from which the play was born. It is usually accepted that drama in the West, as in most civilizations, developed from the popular religion. In medieval Europe, drama sprang from the Catholic Church— an institution which had, centuries before, suppressed the drama of Roman culture. The purpose of this study is not to ask the question of "What happened?" but "Why did it happen?" That is, why did drama develop in the midst of an anti-drama Christian Church? Any study done of early European drama owes a great deal to E. K, Chambers and Karl Young, but these two scholars asked the question "What?" and produced essentially a history of drama. Until the present, little investigation has been done in the whence and how-so of drama.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1968 Glenn Starnes Lindsey

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