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Early Modern English Drama: A Critical Companion / Edition 1
     

Early Modern English Drama: A Critical Companion / Edition 1

by Garrett A. Sullivan
 

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ISBN-10: 0195153863

ISBN-13: 2900195153865

Pub. Date: 09/29/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Early Modern English Drama: A Critical Companion presents twenty-seven analytical essays on individual plays from the early modern period. Each essay is written by a leading scholar and examines a play in terms of a cultural or literary topic, from London to the law, servants to sovereigns, and geography to religion. Incorporating current perspectives in critical

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Early Modern English Drama: A Critical Companion presents twenty-seven analytical essays on individual plays from the early modern period. Each essay is written by a leading scholar and examines a play in terms of a cultural or literary topic, from London to the law, servants to sovereigns, and geography to religion. Incorporating current perspectives in critical studies, the essays address issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and colonialism, as well as key aspects of intellectual and social history, including humanism, science, the law, and theology.

Featuring the authors and plays most often taught in college courses, Early Modern English Drama: A Critical Companion is an ideal supplement to both primary texts and anthologies of Renaissance drama. It offers extensive coverage of works by Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, and William Shakespeare and also analyzes plays by Francis Beaumont, Elizabeth Cary, John Fletcher, John Ford, Thomas Kyd, Henry Medwall, Thomas Middleton, William Rowley, John Webster, and others. The book is structured around authors and their works, which are related to the issue or topic in question. The essays are organized chronologically according to the dates of composition, performance, or publication of the plays discussed. This design corresponds perfectly with courses in which students first read a primary text and then expand their understanding of the work with detailed critical commentary that provides historical and cultural context. Early Modern English Drama: A Critical Companion is enhanced by a general introduction that looks at the conditions of playgoing in early modern England, recommended reading lists at the end of each chapter, achronology of Renaissance drama tailored to the book's contents, and brief biographies of the included authors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900195153865
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/29/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352

Table of Contents


Preface     v
Select Chronology, 1561-1660     viii
Introduction: Theatergoing Then and Now     xi
Dramatic Authorship and Print   Wendy Wall     1
Theater Companies and Stages   Roslyn L. Knutson     12
Fulgens and Lucres and Early Tudor Drama   Greg Walker     23
Tamburlaine and Renaissance Geography   John Gillies     35
The Spanish Tragedy and Revenge   Gregory M. Colon Semenza     50
Turks and Jews in The Jew of Malta   Daniel Vitkus     61
Arden of Faversham and the Early Modern Household   Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr.     73
Edward II and Male Same-Sex Desire   Alan Stewart     82
Dr. Faustus and Reformation Theology   Kristen Poole     96
Henry V and the Tudor Monarchy   Constance Jordan     108
Hamlet and Humanism   Neil Rhodes     120
Twelfth Night, Gender, and Comedy   R. W. Maslen     130
Othello and the Moor   Emily C. Bartels     140
The Masque of Blackness and Stuart Court Culture   Martin Butler     152
Death and The Revenger's Tragedy   Michael Neill     164
Volpone and the Classics   Raphael Lyne     177
The Knight of the Burning Pestle and Generic Experimentation   Lucy Munro     189
The Alchemist and Science   Katherine Eggert     200
The Roaring Girl and the London Underworld   Clare McManus     213
The White Devil and the Law   Luke Wilson     225
A Chaste Maid in Cheapside and London   Karen Newman     237
The Tragedy of Mariam and the Politics of Marriage   Danielle Clarke     248
Bartholomew Fair and the Humoral Body   Gail Kern Paster     260
The Duchess of Malfi and Early Modern Widows   Dympna Callaghan     272
The Island Princess and Race   Claire Jowitt     287
The Changeling and Masters and Servants   Mark Thornton Burnett     298
'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Incest   Richard A. McCabe     309
Biographical Notes on Authors   Paul D. Stegner     321
Notes on Contributors     327
Index     331

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