Dangerous Matter: English Drama and Politics, 1623-1624

Dangerous Matter: English Drama and Politics, 1623-1624

by Jerzy Limon


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Dangerous Matter: English Drama and Politics, 1623-1624 by Jerzy Limon

This book is a study of a group of plays (Neptune's Triumph, The Life of the Duchess of Suffolk, The Bondman, The Sun's Darling, and A Game at Chesse) which appeared during one theatrical season in London in 1623-1624. These plays all allude in various ways to contemporary political issues, and Dr Limon shows how it is possible to treat them as components of a propaganda campaign designed to promote the cause of a particular faction, led by Prince Charles and the Duke of Buckingham, in the court of James I. The campaign opposed James' peaceful initiatives, which included an attempt to marry Charles to the Spanish Infanta. It was a period of severe censorship, and the playwrights engaged in the campaign had to be careful on the one hand to obtain the censor's licence (plays were often suppressed as 'dangerous matter') and on the other to convey appropriate political messages. The book demonstrates how this was managed, and proceeds to investigate the relationship between literature, politics and censorship in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521128568
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/04/2010
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The matter of Prince Charles's return; 2. The matter of the King and Queen of Bohemia; 3. The matter of war; 4. The matter of Spain; Conclusion; Chronological table; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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