Night of the Living Bread: Unstable Signs in Chester’s ‘Antichrist’

Cameron Hunt McNabb


This essay contends that the title character of Chester’s ‘Antichrist’ play disrupts ortho­dox models of language and theology through his biblical parody and mock resurrec­tions. By destabilizing language and bodies through Antichrist’s stage presence, the play speaks to a historical destabilization of sacred language and actions that arose during the play’s earliest performance period because of the Lollard heresy. These dis­turbances in turn force theatrical and historical audiences to interpret religious signs through complex hermeneutical frameworks, frameworks I argue that the Chester ‘Antichrist’ play itself constructs.

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