The Politics of the Stuart Court Masqueby David Bevington
Pub. Date: 11/19/1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book takes a new look at the courtly masque--a unique combination of music, dance, speech, and elaborate costume--in early-seventeenth-century England. The essays, written by distinguished scholars from around the world, present an interdisciplinary approach, with experts on dance, music, visual spectacle and politics all addressing the masque from the point of view of their speciality. Together they reveal how rival factions at the courts of James I and of Charles I represented their clash of viewpoints through dancing and spectacle.
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Table of ContentsList of illustrations; List of contributors; Acknowledgements; Note on the text; 1. Introduction David Bevington and Peter Holbrook; 2. Courtly negotiations Martin Butler; 3. Upstaging the Queen: the Earl of Essex, Francis Bacon and the Accession Day celebrations of 1595 Paul E. J. Hammer; 4. Jacobean pacifism and Jacobean masques Peter Holbrook; 5. The gingerbread host: tradition and novelty in the Jacobean masque Tom Bishop; 6. Inventing the Stuart masque Leeds Barroll; 7. Marginal Jonson Stephen Orgel; 8. Jonson, the antimasque and the 'rules of flattery' Hugh Craig; 9. 'Rival traditions': civic and courtly ceremonies in Jacobean London Nancy E. Wright; 10. The Tempest and the Jacobean court masque David Bevington; 11.'Virgin wax' and 'hairy men-monsters': unstable movement codes in the Stuart masque Barbara Ravelhofer; 12. The politics of music in the masque David Lindley; 13. Milton's Comus and the politics of masquing Barbara K. Lewalski; 14. Valediction Leah S. Marcus; Index.
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