Renaissance Drama by Women: Texts and Documents / Edition 1

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Renaissance Drama By Women is a unique volume of plays and documents. For the first time, it demonstrates the wide range of theatrical activity in which women were involved during the Renaissance period. It includes full-length plays, a translated fragment by Queen Elizabeth I, a masque, and a substantial number of historical documents. With full and up-to-date accompanying critical material, this collection of texts is an exciting and invaluable resource for use in both the classroom and research.
Special features introduced by the editors include:

• introductory material to each play

• modernized spellings

• extensive notes and annotations

• biographical essays on each playwright

• a complete bibliography
Methodically and authoritatively edited by S.P. Cerasano and Marion Wynne-Davies, Renaissance Drama by Women is a true breakthrough for the study of women's literature and performance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415098076
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of abbreviations
Pt. I Texts
1 Hercules Octaeus (n.d.) 7
2 The Tragedy of Antonie (1595) 13
3 The Tragedy of Mariam (1613) 43
4 Cupid's Banishment (1617) 76
5 Love's Victory (c. 1621) 91
6 The Concealed Fancies, (c. 1645) 127
Pt. II Documents
7 Attitudes toward Women's Attendance at the Playhouses 161
1 'The Bride', 1617 161
2 A Treatise wherein Dicing, Dauncing, vaine Playes, or Enterluds, with other idle Pastimes, Etc., commonly used on the Sabbath Day, are reproved by the Authoritie of the Word of God and auntient writers, 1577 161
3 Plays Confuted to Five Actions, 1590 162
4 Th'overthrow of Stage Playes, 1599 162
8 Women as Spectators 164
5 Nature's Pictures Drawn by Fancy's Pencil, 1667 164
6 Autobiography (1672?) 164
7 Autobiography (c. 1677-8) 164
8 Satyres: and Satyricall Epigrams, 1617 165
9 John Chamberlain, from a letter to Sir Dudley Carleton, 1624 165
10 Amanda, or the Reformed Whore, 1635 165
11 The Actor's Remonstrance, 1643 166
12 The Art of Living in London, 1642 166
13 Epigrams, 1618 166
14 From his notebook, 1629 167
9 Women Performing 168
15 Report of an incident in Oxford, 1598 168
16 From the Declared Accounts of the Office of the Works, 1607-9 168
17 Vincent to Benson, Calendar of State Papers, 1605 168
18 Zuane Pesaro to the Doge and Senate, Calendar of State Papers, 1625/6 169
19 Declared Accounts of the Office of the Works, 1631-2 169
20 Histriomastix, 1633 170
21 Theatrum Redivivum, 1662 171
22 Consistory Court of London, Correction Book, 1612 172
10 Women in Theatrical Affairs 173
23 Edmund Howes's addition to John Stow's Annales, 1615 173
24 Chancery Records, Draft Patent for Queen Anne's Men, 1603-4 173
25 Last will and testament of William Browne, 1634 173
26 Indenture between Edward Alleyn and Marie Bryan for one twelfth of the second Fortune Playhouse, 1623 174
Notes 176
Bibliography 226
Index 233
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