Tudor Drama Before Shakespeare, 1485-1590: New Directions for Research, Criticism and Pedagogy

Tudor Drama Before Shakespeare, 1485-1590: New Directions for Research, Criticism and Pedagogy


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This collection brings together established scholars and new names in the field of Tudor drama studies. Through a range of traditional and theoretical approaches, the essays address the neglected early and mid-Tudor period before the rise of the 'mature' drama of Marlowe and Shakespeare in the 1590s. New ideas for research topics and pedagogical methods are discussed in the essays, which each provide original arguments about specific texts and/or performances while also providing an advanced introduction to a concentrated area of Tudor drama studies. While the continuation of mystery play performances and morality plays through the first three-quarters of the sixteenth century have been discussed with some consistency in the academy, other types of drama (e.g. folk or school plays) have received short shrift, and critical theory has been slow in coming to this scholarship. This collection begins to fill in these deficiencies and suggest fruitful directions for a twenty-first century revival in pre-Shakespearean Tudor drama studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403965264
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 11/24/2004
Edition description: 2004
Pages: 271
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

About the Author

LLOYD KERMODE is Assistant Professor of English at California State University-Long Beach, USA.

JASON SCOTT-WARREN is English Lecturer at University of York, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction; L.E.Kermode & J. Scott-Warren PART 1: HISTORICAL AND SCHOLARLY BREACHES IN THE DRAMA OF TOWN AND COUNTRY 'Erazed in the Brooke': The Mystery Cycles and Reform; P.Happe Some New Thoughts on an Old Question: 'Professional' Theater Outside London Before 1642; A.Somerset The Rise and Fall of Robin Hood and Other Folk Plays; P.White PART 2: Incorporating Texts and Bodies on Page and Stage The Past Becoming Prologue in Sixteenth-Century Drama; M.M.Butler Chariots and Cloud Machines: Gods and Godesses on Early English Stages; J.Dillon 'Doctrine Evangelicall' and Erasmus' Paraphrases in the Resurrection of Our Lord; K.Sawyer Marsalek PART 3: PEDAGOGY AND DRAMA IN PLAYHOUSE AND SCHOOLHOUSE Pleasure Unreconciled to Virtue: George Gascoigne and Didactic Drama; C.Caggero Performing Arts in the Tudor Classroom; U.Potter 'This is the Case': Corboduc, Case Putting, and Early Modern English Legal Discourse Concerning Inheritance; T.Reilly PART 4: SIGNS OF DESIRE AND DANGER IN HISTORY AND THEORY The Circulation of the Letter in Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy; D.T.Kline Sex, Sin, and Scarring: Syphilis and Redford's Wit and Science; T.Pettigrew Tudor Drama and the Rhetoric of Expansion; J.Sigalas Postscript; P.King

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