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English Renaissance Drama A Very Brief Introduction To Theatre And Theatres In Shakespeare S Time

Author : C W R D Moseley
ISBN : 9781847601834
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Introduces the conclusions of recent scholarship and research into theatrical conditions, conventions and concepts in the time of Shakespeare. The book begins with a discussion of the origins of early modern English drama and of the theatres that were built for it. Attitudes to theatre and to players, and what audiences expected of both, are explored in the contexts of the constraints of the acting space and the political culture. The book then looks at the structure and dynamics of the theatrical companies before concluding with a discussion of the genres of plays and the expectations of them that people (including writers) held. Appendices list brief details of the major dramatists of the time, and summarise the main historical and dramatic events.
Category: Literary Criticism

A Short History Of English Renaissance Drama

Author : Helen Hackett
ISBN : 9781848856868
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Hackett explores the contexts of English Renaissance drama by situating it in the wider history of ideas. She traces its origins, assesses the contributions of Shakespeare, Marlowe and Jonson to the creation of English drama, and touches on revenge tragedy, city comedy, domestic tragedy and tragicomedy, gender and drama.
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The Italian World Of English Renaissance Drama

Author : Michele Marrapodi
ISBN : 0874136385
Genre : Drama
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It is widely accepted that English Renaissance drama owes its extraordinary richness and variety to the blending of elements originating from the medieval heritage and classical and Italian dramatic traditions. This grafting of the "Italian world" onto the English Renaissance goes far beyond the conventional research of the literary sources. The articles in this collection explore English Renaissance drama through new and challenging aspects of influence and through investigations into classical and Italian theater. The volume moves from early Elizabethan to late Jacobean drama. The area of research ranges from New Classical Comedy to commedia erudita, from the Renaissance theory of tragedy and tragicomedy to the birth of pastoral drama and beyond.
Category: Drama

The Bed Trick In English Renaissance Drama

Author : Marliss C. Desens
ISBN : 0874134765
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"The Bed-Trick in English Renaissance Drama provides the first detailed examination of this convention. While most critical discussions focus exclusively on Shakespeare's use of the bed-trick in Measure for Measure and All's Well That Ends Well, this study, written from a feminist perspective and based on an analysis of more than two hundred and fifty plays, places the bed-trick in its historical and theatrical context in order to challenge widely held critical assumptions about its theatrical history on the English Renaissance stage. It has been considered a comic convention, a mere device to complicate and resolve a plot, or the convention by which unwary men are entrapped into marriage by scheming females. None of these assumptions has been tested against the evidence of the surviving plays from the period - an oversight that the present study seeks to remedy." "After exploring the convention's use in nondramatic Renaissance literature and its emergence on the stage in the 1590s, Marliss Desens examines the sociological and psychological implications of the bed-trick in regard to matters of marriage, male fantasies, and overt violence, thereby decentering the patriarchal perspective from which the convention has traditionally been viewed. Critical discussions of this convention, the author argues, have been so dominated by androcentric values that critics, both male and female, have often - consciously or unconsciously - overlooked the violence inherent in the bed-trick. No critical discussions have ever identified rape as lying at the heart of the bed-trick even though the basic action of the bed-trick clearly shows that at least one partner is always physically and emotionally violated. While that partner may have chosen sexual involvement, he or she has not chosen it with the person unwittingly embraced in the dark. The bed-trick, by depicting betrayal on the most intimate level, forces us to examine some of our own views on gender, sexuality, and the amount of power any person, whether male or female, may acceptably exercise over another."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Critical Analyses In English Renaissance Drama

Author : Brownell Salomon
ISBN : 0879721251
Genre : Reference
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This bibliographic guide directs the reader to a prize selection of the best modern, analytical studies of every play, anonymous play, masque, pageant, and "entertainment" written by more than two dozen contemporaries of Shakespeare in the years between 1580 and 1642. Together with Shakespeare's plays, these works comprise the most illustrious body of drama in the English language.
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Banquets Set Forth

Author : Chris Meads
ISBN : 0719055679
Genre : Drama
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Banquets proved an enduring setting in which to play out crucial and compelling sections of 99 surviving plays written between 1585 and 1642. Food, sex and revenge; food, drink and violent disorder; food, harmony and reconciliation; food, flattery and self-fashioning; arresting combinations which early modern banquets on stage contrived to present.
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Patterns And Perspectives In English Renaissance Drama

Author : Eugene M. Waith
ISBN : 0874133254
Genre : Literary Criticism
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These essays bring attention to the designs that the English Renaissance playwrights imposed on their work. Among the patterns explored are those inspired by the literature, drama, or poetics of classical times and visual patterns derived from traditions of stage presentation.
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Playing The Globe

Author : John Gillies
ISBN : 0838637396
Genre : Drama
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The essays collected here explore the representation of contemporary cartographic knowledge within a variety of English Renaissance dramatic texts. Including a preface and introduction that contextualize English cartographic awareness in the late sixteenth century, Playing the Globe provides a wide-ranging exploration of the rich variety of mental maps that shaped England's attitudes toward itself and others and continues to affect the ways in which the Anglo-American world imagines itself.
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