Nicole R. Rice and Margaret Aziza Pappano received The 2016 David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies for their study The Civic Cycles: Artisan Drama and Identity in Premodern England. Rice is associate professor of English at St. John’s University, and Pappano is associate professor of English at Queen’s University.
The citation for the award from the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society says: Rice and Pappano’s principal point is that while archival study has focused for the past quarter century on the records of the plays themselves, we cannot ignore civic and guild records which do not pertain directly to the plays, for they provide a context for the composition and performance of these plays. They also provide a useful answer to the niggling question of where the field of early English drama goes once the REED project is completed. The answer is simple: there is still much to do with documentary materials that do not directly speak to the composition and performance of the plays, but instead provide vital context to their production.
The Civic Cycles: Artisan Drama and Identity in Premodern England is part of ReFormations: Medieval and Early Modern, a book series edited by David Aers, Duke University, Sarah Beckwith, Duke University, and James Simpson, Harvard University.