Early Responses to Renaissance Drama by Charles WhitneyEarly Responses to Renaissance Drama by Charles Whitney

Early Responses to Renaissance Drama

byCharles Whitney

Paperback | July 30, 2009

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It is often assumed that we can never know how the earliest audiences responded to the plays and playbooks of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and other Renaissance dramatists. In this study, old compilations of early modern dramatic allusions provide the surprising key to understanding pre-1660 reception. Whether or not it begins with powerful emotion, that reception creatively applies and appropriates the copious resources of drama for diverse purposes, lessons, and interests. Informed also by critical theory and historical research, this understanding reveals the significance of response to Tamburlaine and Falstaff as well as the importance of drama to Edmund Spenser, John Donne, John Milton, and many others. It makes possible the study of particular responses of women and of workers and contributes to the history of subjectivity, reading, civil society, and aesthetics, and demands a fresh view of dramatic production.
Title:Early Responses to Renaissance DramaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:July 30, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521117208

ISBN - 13:9780521117203

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I. Tamburlaine, Sir John, and the Formation of Early Modern Reception: 1. Tamburlaine intervenes; 2. Versions of Sir John; Part II. Audiences Entertaining Plays: 3. Playgoers in the Theatrum Mundi to 1617; 4. Common understanders; 5. Playgoing and play-reading gentlewomen; 6. Jonson and Shakespeare: living monuments and public spheres; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"One of the best books of the year, Charles Whitney's Early Responses to Renaissance Drama refuses to be daunted by the seeming lack of evidence for the effect of early modern English plays on their first audiences...[a] wonderful book."
-Peter G. Platt, Studies in English Literature