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Early Responses to Renaissance Drama

by Charles Whitney
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521858437

ISBN-13: 9780521858434

Pub. Date: 08/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

It is often assumed that we can never know how the earliest audiences responded to the plays and playbooks of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and other Renaissance dramatists. In this study, old compilations of early modern dramatic allusions provide the surprising key to understanding pre-1660 reception. Whether or not it begins with powerful emotion, that reception

Overview

It is often assumed that we can never know how the earliest audiences responded to the plays and playbooks of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and other Renaissance dramatists. In this study, old compilations of early modern dramatic allusions provide the surprising key to understanding pre-1660 reception. Whether or not it begins with powerful emotion, that reception creatively applies and appropriates the copious resources of drama for diverse purposes, lessons, and interests. Informed also by critical theory and historical research, this understanding reveals the significance of response to Tamburlaine and Falstaff as well as the importance of drama to Edmund Spenser, John Donne, John Milton, and many others. It makes possible the study of particular responses of women and of workers and contributes to the history of subjectivity, reading, civil society, and aesthetics, and demands a fresh view of dramatic production.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521858434
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2006
Pages:
341
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I. Tamburlaine, Sir John, and the Formation of Early Modern Reception: 1. Tamburlaine intervenes; 2. Versions of Sir John; Part II. Audiences Entertaining Plays: 3. Playgoers in the Theatrum Mundi to 1617; 4. Common understanders; 5. Playgoing and play-reading gentlewomen; 6. Jonson and Shakespeare: living monuments and public spheres; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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