A Companion to Renaissance Drama / Edition 1

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This expansive, inter-disciplinary guide to Renaissance plays and the world they played to gives readers a colorful overview of England's great dramatic age.

  • Provides an expansive and inter-disciplinary approach to Renaissance plays and the world they played to.
  • Offers a colourful and comprehensive overview of the material conditions of England's most important dramatic period.
  • Gives readers facts and data along with up-to-date interpretation of the plays.
  • Looks at the drama in terms of its cultural agency, its collaborative nature, and its ideological complexity.
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"This collection contains a wealth of information about the vast and rich domain of Renaissance drama. Always lively, the essays display state-of-the-art scholarship on the plays, the playwrights, the theater, and the culture of Early Modern England. It will be an indispensible scholarly resource for those interested in the entirety of the Renaissance theatrical world, an arena which, as this volume definitively confirms, encompassed a rich array of playmakers and theatrical forms." Jean Howard, Columbia University

"Serious first-time readers of Renaissance drama, as well as veteran teachers looking for a credible source of current information, will likely find this substantial volume of great utility." Choice

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Meet the Author

Arthur F. Kinney is Copeland Professor of Literary History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Director of the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies. He is the editor of A Companion to Renaissance Drama (Blackwell, 2002) and of the journal English Literary Renaissance. His other recent publications include Lies like Truth: Shakespeare, Macbeth, and the Cultural Moment (2001) and Shakespeare by Stages (Blackwell, 2002).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributers
Introduction: The Dramatic World of the Renaissance 1
Pt. 1 The Drama's World 11
1 The Politics of Renaissance England 13
2 Political Thought and the Theater, 1580-1630 25
3 Religious Persuasions, c.1580-c.1620 40
4 Social Discourse and the Changing Economy 50
5 London and Westminster 68
6 Vagrancy 83
7 Family and Household 93
8 Travel and Trade 109
9 Everyday Custom and Popular Culture 121
10 Magic and Witchcraft 135
Pt. 2 The World of Drama 145
11 Playhouses 147
12 The Transmission of an English Renaissance Play-Text 163
13 Playing Companies and Repertory 180
14 Must the Devil Appear?: Audiences, Actors, Stage Business 193
15 "The Actors are Come Hither": Traveling Companies 212
16 Jurisdiction of Theater and Censorship 223
Pt. 3 Kinds Drama 237
17 Medieval and Reformation Roots 239
18 The Academic Drama 257
19 "What Revels are in Hand?": Performances in the Great Households 266
20 Progresses and Court Entertainments 281
21 Civic Drama 294
22 Boy Companies and Private Theaters 314
23 Revenge Tragedy 326
24 Staging the Malcontent in Early Modern England 336
25 City Comedy 353
26 Domestic Tragedy: Private Life on the Public Stage 367
27 Romance and Tragicomedy 384
28 Gendering the Stage 399
29 Closet Drama 416
Pt. 4 Dramatists 431
30 Continental Influences 433
31 Christopher Marlowe 446
32 Ben Jonson 464
33 Sidney, Cary, Wroth 482
34 Thomas Middleton 507
35 Beaumont and Fletcher 524
36 Collaboration 540
37 John Webster 553
38 John Ford 567
Index 584
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