Theatre and Government under the Early Stuarts

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This is a collection of newly-commissioned essays by established scholars, responding to recent critical debate on political theatre of the turbulent early years of the seventeenth century. Addressing a wide range of theatre texts from the period between the accession of James I and the Civil War, the authors draw on criticism by both new historicists and cultural materialists.
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"...this collection sculpts new contours from familiar topography." Choice

"Mulryne's summary of recent scholarship is lucid and fair, and his own suggestions are sensible..." Richard McCoy, Shakespeare Quarterly

"This valuable collection does more than break new ground; it also surveys territory already traversed, reassessing earlier debates in light of more recent thinking .... a volume that is unusually rich in its coverage, its quality, and its capacity to stimulate thought." Robert Evans, Comparative Drama

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521118828
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/3/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Introduction: theatre and government under the early Stuarts 1
2 Early Stuart politics: revisionism and after 29
3 Ben Jonson and the Master of the Revels 57
4 The politics of the Jacobean masque 87
5 Reform or reverence? The politics of the Caroline masque 118
6 The Spectacle of the Realm: civic consciousness, rhetoric and ritual in early modern London 157
7 The Reformation plays on the public stage 190
8 Politics and dramatic form in early modern tragedy 217
9 Drama and opinion in the 1620s: Middleton and Massinger 237
Index 266
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