Representing France and the French in Early Modern English Drama

Representing France and the French in Early Modern English Drama

by Jean-Christophe Mayer (Editor)


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Representing France and the French in Early Modern English Drama by Jean-Christophe Mayer

This wide-ranging collection of essays, written by leading specialists, furnishes previously unpublished evidence of France's role and importance in the early modern English literary and dramatic fields. Its chapter-length introduction offers an up-to-date critical presentation of the issues involved: representation, cultural identity, the construction of otherness, Frenchness, and the social and cultural dynamics of theater. The essays in the five sections of the book continue the debate with a series of in-depth studies touching on important critical themes such as intertextuality; old and new historicisms; language, semiotics, and nationhood; imagined geographies; and stereotypes and social satire. The book will appeal to students and specialists of Renaissance literature, to scholars working on the construction of national identity and will be required reading for anyone interested in cultural exchange or comparative literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611490725
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Pages: 247
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jean-Christophe Mayer is a senior research fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research.

Table of Contents

Note on the Text     9
Preface   Ton Hoenselaars     11
Acknowledgments     17
Introduction: Representing France and the French in Early Modern English Drama   Jean-Christophe Mayer     21
Influence, Displacement, Adaptation-Following French Intertextual Threads
Shakespeare, Burgundy, and the Design in the Arras   Dominique Goy-Blanquet     49
Mary Sidney's French Sophocles: The Countess of Pembroke Reads Robert Garnier   Anne Lake Prescott     68
Through the Looking Glass-Representations of French History on the English Stage
"Worthies away": The Scene Begins to Cloud in Shakespeare's Navarre   Richard Wilson     93
George Chapman's French Tragedies, or Machiavelli Beyond the Mirror   Gilles Bertheau     110
Revisiting Babel-French Language and the Construction of English Cultural Identity
The Ironies of Babel in Shakespeare's Henry V   Jean-Christophe Mayer     127
"O confusion of languages, and yet no tower of Babel!": French Allusions and Ben Jonson's Linguistic Project   Florence March     142
Imagined Geographies of Frenchness
Roussillon and Retrospection in All's Well That Ends Well   Deanne Williams     161
Strangers Alter et Idem-French Allusions and the Staging of Distant Lands in Early Modern Drama   LadanNiayesh     178
Sex, Satire, and the City
The "French Disease" in Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama   Frederique Fouassier     193
"False Frenchmen" in Richard Brome's Plays   Athina Efstathiou-Lavabre     207
Selected Bibliography     223
Contributors     234
Index     237

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