Early Modern English Drama: A Critical Companion

Paperback | October 13, 2005

EditorGarrett A. Sullivan, Patrick Cheney, Andrew Hadfield

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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 WilliamShakespeare 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. Theessays 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 commentarythat 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, a chronology of Renaissance drama tailored tothe book's contents, and brief biographies of the included authors.

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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 curre...

Garrett A. Sullivan is at Pennsylvania State University. Patrick Cheney is at Pennsylvania State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.79 inPublished:October 13, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195153866

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Table of Contents

PrefaceSelect Chronology, 1561-1660Introduction: Theatergoing Then and NowWendy Wall: 1. Dramatic Authorship and PrintRoslyn L. Knutson: 2. Theater Companies and StagesGreg Walker: 3. Fulgens and Lucres and Early Tudor DramaJohn Gillies: 4. Tamburlaine and Renaissance GeographyGregory M. Colon Semenza: 5. The Spanish Tragedy and RevengeDaniel Vitkus: 6. Turks and Jews in The Jew of MaltaGarrett A. Sullivan, Jr.: 7. Arden of Faversham and the Early Modern HouseholdAlan Stewart: 8. Edward II and Male Same-Sex DesireKristen Poole: 9. Dr. Faustus and Reformation TheologyConstance Jordan: 10. Henry V and the Tudor MonarchyNeil Rhodes: 11. Hamlet and HumanismR. W. Maslen: 12. Twelfth Night, Gender, and ComedyEmily C. Bartels: 13. Othello and the MoorMartin Butler: 14. The Masque of Blackness and Stuart Court CultureMichael Neill: 15. Death and The Revenger's TragedyRaphael Lyne: 16. Volpone and the ClassicsLucy Munro: 17. The Knight of the Burning Pestle and Generic ExperimentationKatherine Eggert: 18. The Alchemist and ScienceClare McManus: 19. The Roaring Girl and the London UnderworldLuke Wilson: 20. The White Devil and the LawKaren Newman: 21. A Chaste Maid in Cheapside and LondonDanielle Clarke: 22. The Tragedy of Mariam and the Politics of MarriageGail Kern Paster: 23. Bartholomew Fair and the Humoral BodyDympna Callaghan: 24. The Duchess of Malfi and Early Modern WidowsClaire Jowitt: 25. The Island Princess and RaceMark Thornton Burnett: 26. The Changeling and Masters and ServantsRichard A. McCabe: 27. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and IncestPaul D. Stegner: Biographical Notes on AuthorsNotes on ContributorsIndex

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"The essays are admirably succinct, so should not prove offputting to students, and they are all newly written by very distinguished contributors who have done previous fine work on the play on which they write here. This is a very useful collection, and one which I will not hesitate torecommend to students."--Notes and Queries