Shakespeare's Theater: A Sourcebook / Edition 1

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Overview

As the popularity of the theater exploded in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, so debates about its effects on audiences grew more and more heated. Shakespeare's Theater: A Sourcebook brings together in one volume the most significant Elizabethan and Jacobean texts on the theater. They include attacks on the stage by moralists, defenses by actors and playwrights, letters by magistrates, mayors and aldermen of London, and extracts from legislation. Many of these texts are made widely available here for the first time. A general introduction and short prefaces to each piece situate the writers and debates in the literary, social, political, and religious history of the time. Students will also welcome the use of modern spelling and the inclusion of vocabulary glosses and annotation.
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"Tanya Pollard's anthology usefully brings together in a single volume modernized, annotated selections from many writers who participated in the lively debate about the nature and morality of the theater in late 16th and early 17th century England. [...] Shakespeare's Theater: A Sourcebook is an excellent resource for students and a fine ancillary text for university-level courses on Shakespeare or English Renaissance drama." Katharine Eisaman Maus, James Branch Cabell Professor of English, University of Virginia

"This wonderful collection of polemical documents shows early modern minds wrestling with the very concept of theatrical representation. A provocative and supremely valuable resource book." Laurie Maguire, Magdalen College, Oxford

"Pollard has performed a most valuable service to Shakespearian studies and to our knowledge of the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatrical world by collecting them together in Shakespeare's Theatre: A Sourcebook. ... recommended for all libraries colecting materials in Shakespeare, the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, English literature, history and culture." Reference Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405111942
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/14/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 1,308,908
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Tanya Pollard is Assistant Professor of English at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Plates
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Select Bibliography
Timeline of Theater History and Writings
On Works Cited
1 A Treatise Against Dicing, Dancing, Plays, and Interludes, with Other Idle Pastimes 1
2 The School of Abuse 19
3 An Apology of the School of Abuse 34
4 A Reply to Stephen Gosson's School of Abuse, in Defence of Poetry, Music, and Stage Plays 37
5 A Second and Third Blast of Retreat from Plays and Theaters 62
6 Plays Confuted in Five Actions 84
7 Anatomy of Abuses 115
8 A Mirror of Monsters 124
9 The Art of English Poesy 135
10 An Apology for Poetry 146
11 The Theatre of God's Judgments 166
12 The Overthrow of Stage-Plays 170
13 Letter to Dr. John Rainolds 179
14 Virtue's Commonwealth 188
15 Preface to Volpone 198
16 The Gull's Horn Book 206
17 An Apology for Actors 213
18 A Refutation of the Apology for Actors 255
19 Letter to Revd. Mr. Sutton 274
20 Histriomastix: The Player's Scourge 279
21 Discoveries 297
22 Legal Acts and Correspondence Pertaining to the Theater 301
Index 337
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