English Historical Drama, 1500-1660: Forms Outside the Canon [NOOK Book]

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Many readers today associate the early modern history play with Shakespeare. While not wishing to ignore the influence of Shakespeare, this collection of essays explores other historical drama between 1500 and 1660, covering a wide range of different formats outside the canon of 1590s history cycles. An introduction provides a survey of current criticism, including both early modern and contemporary definitions of the 'history play'. Individual essays in chronological order explore genres that perform 'history' ...

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English Historical Drama, 1500-1660: Forms Outside the Canon

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Many readers today associate the early modern history play with Shakespeare. While not wishing to ignore the influence of Shakespeare, this collection of essays explores other historical drama between 1500 and 1660, covering a wide range of different formats outside the canon of 1590s history cycles. An introduction provides a survey of current criticism, including both early modern and contemporary definitions of the 'history play'. Individual essays in chronological order explore genres that perform 'history' in different ways, such as shows, moralities or closet drama. In this way this collection establishes alternative paradigms of early modern historical drama.

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TERESA GRANT is Associate Professor in Renaissance Theatre at the University of Warwick. BARBARA RAVELHOFER is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Durham.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     viii
Notes on the Contributors     ix
Introduction   Teresa Grant   Barbara Ravelhofer     1
The Early Tudor History Play   Janette Dillon     32
The Reformation of History in John Bale's Biblical Dramas   Andrew W. Taylor     58
Seneca and the Early Elizabethan History Play   Michael Ullyot     98
History in the Making: the Case of Samuel Rowley's When You See Me You Know Me (1604/5)   Teresa Grant     125
The Stage Historicizes the Turk: Convention and Contradiction in the Turkish History Play   Mark Hutchings     158
News Drama: the Tragic Subject of Charles I   Barbara Ravelhofer     179
Index     202
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