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The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama

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The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama is the authoritative secondary text on Tudor drama. It both integrates recent important research across different disciplines and periods and sets a new agenda for the future study of Tudor drama, questioning a number of the central assumptions of previous studies. Balancing the interests and concerns of scholars in theatre history, drama, and literary studies, its scope reflects the broad reach of Tudor drama as a subject, inviting readers to see the Tudor century as a whole, ...

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Overview

The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama is the authoritative secondary text on Tudor drama. It both integrates recent important research across different disciplines and periods and sets a new agenda for the future study of Tudor drama, questioning a number of the central assumptions of previous studies. Balancing the interests and concerns of scholars in theatre history, drama, and literary studies, its scope reflects the broad reach of Tudor drama as a subject, inviting readers to see the Tudor century as a whole, rather than made up of artificial and misleading divisions between 'medieval' and 'renaissance', religious and secular, pre- and post-Shakespeare. The contributors, both the established leaders in their fields and the brightest young scholars, attend to the contexts, intellectual, theatrical and historical within which drama was written, produced and staged in this period, and ask us to consider afresh this most vital and complex of periods in theatre history. The book is divided into four sections: Religious Drama; Interludes and Comedies, Entertainments, Masques, and Royal Entries; and Histories and political dramas.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This welcome handbook succeeds in bringing to life a diverse range of extraordinary Tudor dramatic works and theatrical forms within their myriad particular contexts as the great majority of the contributors admirably synthesize necessary background and major criticism while seamlessly advancing strong, original arguments." --Renaissance Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198715566
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2014
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 710

Meet the Author

Thomas Betteridge is Professor of English Literature and Drama at Oxford Brookes University. His books include Tudor Histories of the English Reformations (1999), Literature and Politics in the English Reformation (2004) and Shakespearean Fantasy and Politics (2005). He is currently working on a study of Sir Thomas More's writing to be published by Notre Dame Press 2012. Professor Betteridge was project leader of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded research project Staging the Henrician Court and the Wellcome Trust funded project Medicine, Birth and Death at the Tudor Court.

Greg Walker is Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and Head of the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, having previously been the University's Masson Professor of English Literature. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, The English Association and the Society of Antiquaries. Greg's research is primarily focused on the literary and political history of the late medieval period and the sixteenth century, although he has also published on modern popular music and the films of Alexander Korda. He is interested in the history of the stage, and in the cultural consequences of the Henrician Reformation. His most recent books are Writing under Tyranny: English Literature and the Henrician Reformation (OUP, 2005) and The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English (OUP, 2010), co-edited with Elaine Treharne.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: 'When Lyberte ruled': Tudor Drama 1485 - 1603, Thomas Betteridge and Greg Walker
Religious Drama
1. The Chester Cycle: Creation and Old Testament Plays, Sheila Christie
2. The York Creation Pageant, Greg Walker
3. The Croxton Play of the Sacrament, Elisabeth Dutton
4. The Digby Plays - Mary Magdalene and Wisdom, Vincent Gillespie
5. Everyman, c.1516, Andrew Hadfield
6. The Three Laws, John Bale, 1538, James Simpson
7. Christus Triumphans, John Foxe, 1556, Andreas Hoefele
8. The Conflict of Conscience, 1572, Anna Rhiel
9. Dr Faustus, Christopher Marlowe, 1588?, David Lawton
Interludes and Comedies
10. Fulgens and Lucrece, Henry Medwall, 1497, Clare Wright
11. Gentleness and Nobility, John Rastell, c.1529, Daniel Wakelin
12. The Play of the Weather, John Heywood, 1529-33, Pam King
13. Wit and Science, John Redford, 1539-47, Meg Twycross
14. Nice Wanton, 1550, John J McGavin
15. Lusty Juventus, R. Wever, 1550, Jane Griffiths
16. Gammer Gurton's Needle, W. Stevenson?, 1553, Alan J Fletcher
17. Damon and Pythias, Richard Edwards, 1564, Jennifer Richards
18. The Three Ladies of London, Robert Wilson, 1581, Claire Jowitt
19. Endymion, John Lyly, 1588, Leah Scragg
20. The Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare, c. 1592, Alison Findlay
21. Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, Robert Greene, 1592, Sarah Knight
Entertainments, Masques, and Royal Entries
22. The Funeral of Henry VII, 1509, Sam Wood
23. The Coronation of Anne Boleyn, Nicholas Udall, 1533, Tracy Sowerby
24. Greenwich, 1527, Halle's Chronicle, c.1540, Kent Rawlinson
25. The Entertainment at Woodstock, George Gascoigne, 1575, Erzsebet Strobl
26. Love and Fortune, 1580, Allyna Ward
Histories and political dramas
27. Youth and Hick Scorner, 1513, Eleanor Rycroft
28. Magnfyfcence, John Skelton, c.1519, Peter Happe
29. King Johan, John Bale, c.1538, Philip Schwyzer
30. Respublica, Nicholas Udall, c.1554, Sarah Carpenter
31. Thyestes, Jasper Heywood, 1560 & Agamemnon, Mike Pincombe
32. Gorboduc, Thomas Norton & Thomas Sackville, 1562, Alice Hunt
33. The Spanish Tragedy, Thomas Kyd, 1587, Richard Hillman
34. Tamburlane The Great, Christopher Marlowe, 1590, Janette Dillon
35. The Troublesome Reign of King John, 1591, Stephen Longstaffe
36. Henry VI Part 2, William Shakespeare, c.1590, Dermot Cavanagh
37. Arden of Faversham, 1592, Ros King
38. Titus Andronicus, William Shakespeare, c.1593, Thomas Betteridge

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