Politics and Political Culture in the Court Masque by J. KnowlesPolitics and Political Culture in the Court Masque by J. Knowles

Politics and Political Culture in the Court Masque

byJ. Knowles

Hardcover | June 29, 2015

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Politics and Political Culture in the Court Masque treats the Jacobean masque as engaged with a broad range of ideas, issues and texts from other political arenas rather than as an exclusive tool of monarchy and court culture. Building on James I's own sense of the monarchical stage as a site of scrutiny not adulation, this book traces the masque's involvement in political events, such as the crises and scandals that provoke political debate, to argue for a form that is more experimental and more intensively concerned with how to articulate political criticism. Exploring a series of Jonson's Jacobean masques staged at political pressure points (Love Restored, The Irish Masque at Court, News for the New World in the Moon, and Gypsies Metamorphosed), this book suggests that these texts contribute to a wider public political culture. It links the masques to politics and political forms, such as libelous verse, from beyond courtly ceremoniousness and tact, and argues that the masque can represent more critical and controversial political ideas. The book closes with consideration of Shirley's Triumph of Peace as a response to the reinstitution of the Jonsonian masque in the 1630s, itself part of a cultural 're-launch' of the Caroline regime. In highlighting moments of strain in the interactions between the masque and political culture the pressures on the form and the debates around its purpose are seen as urgent and explicit, exposing questions of how to speak politics and how to engage in a political culture. Politics and Political Culture in the Court Masque proposes a more critical and stringent role for masques in a more contested and diverse politics.

James Knowles is Professor of Renaissance Literature and Culture at Brunel University, UK. He has edited the entertainments and selected masques for the Cambridge Works of Ben Jonson.
Title:Politics and Political Culture in the Court MasqueFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pagesPublished:June 29, 2015Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230008941

ISBN - 13:9780230008946


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1.Introduction: 'Friends of all Ranks?' Reading the Masque in Political Culture
2.'Vizarded impudence': challenging the regnum Cecilianum
3.Crack Kisses Not Staves: sexual politics and court masques in 1613-14
4.'No News': News from the New World and Textual Culture in the 1620s
5.'Hoarse with Praising': Gypsies Metamorphosed and the politics of masquing
6.'Tis for kings, / Not for their subjects, to have such rare things': The Triumph of Peace and Civil Culture