Licensing, Censorship And Authorship In Early Modern England

Licensing, Censorship And Authorship In Early Modern England

by Richard Dutton
     
 

Licensing, Censorship and Authorship in Early Modern England examines in detail both how the practice of censorship shaped writing in the Shakespearean period, and how our sense of that censorship continues to shape modern understandings of what was written. Separate chapters trace the development of licensing in the theatre, and the response of the actors

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Licensing, Censorship and Authorship in Early Modern England examines in detail both how the practice of censorship shaped writing in the Shakespearean period, and how our sense of that censorship continues to shape modern understandings of what was written. Separate chapters trace the development of licensing in the theatre, and the response of the actors and dramatists to it. There are detailed examinations of how censorship affects our reading of four major playwrights: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Middleton, and how the control of printed books compared with the regulation of the stage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312236243
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/13/2001
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

The Regulation and Censorship of Early Modern Drama
• Licensed Fools: the 1598 Watershed
• Obscenity and Profanity: Sir Henry Herbert's Problems with the Players and Archbishop Laud, 1632-34
• Marlowe: Censorship and Construction
• Shakespeare: The Birth of the Author
• Jonson: The Epistle to Volpone
• Middleton: The Censorships of A Game at Chess
• Buggeswords: The Case of Sir John Hayward's Life of Henry IV

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