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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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Editorial Reviews

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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
  • 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





Selected Bibliography.

Timeline of Theater History and Writings.

On works cited.

1. John Northbrooke, A Treatise Against Dicing, Dancing, Plays, and Interludes, with Other Idle Pastimes (1577).

2. Stephen Gosson, The School of Abuse (1579).

3. Stephen Gosson, Apology for the School of Abuse (1579).

4. Thomas Lodge, A Defense of Poetry, Music, and Stage Plays (1579).

5. Anglo-phile Eutheo [Anthony Munday], A Second and Third Blast of Retreat from Plays and Theaters (1580).

6. Stephen Gosson, Plays Confuted in Five Actions (1582).

7. Philip Stubbes, Anatomy of Abuses (1583).

8. William Rankins, A Mirror of Monsters (1587).

9. George Puttenham, The Art of English Poesie (London, 1589).

10. Philip Sidney, Apology for Poetry (1595).

11. Thomas Beard, The Theater of God’s Judgments (1597).

12. John Rainolds, The Overthrow of Stage Plays (1599).

13. William Gager, Letter to Dr. John Rainolds (1592).

14. Henry Crosse, Virtue’s Commonwealth (1603).

15. Thomas Dekker, The Gull’s Horn Book (1609).

16. Thomas Heywood, An Apology for Actors (1612).

17. G. [John Greene], A Refutation of the Apology for Actors (1615).

18. Ben Jonson, Preface to Volpone (1616).

19. Nathan Field, Letter to Rev Mr. Sutton (1616).

20. William Prynne, Histriomastix: The Player’s Scourge (1633).

21. Ben Jonson, Timber, or Discoveries (1641).

22. Legal acts and correspondences pertaining to the theater.


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