Blackwell Guides to Literature: English Renaissance Drama

Editor/Author Womack, Peter
Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Wiley

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ISBN: 978-0-631-22629-1
Category: Language & Literature - British literature
Book Status: Available
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The book considers the London theatrical culture which took shape in the 1570s and came to an end in 1642. - Places emphasis on those plays that are readily available in modern editions and can sometimes to be seen in modern productions, including Shakespeare. - Provides students with the historical, literary and theatrical contexts they need to make sense of Renaissance drama. - Includes a series of short biographies of playwrights during this period. - Features close analyses of more than 20 plays, each of which draws attention to what makes a particular play interesting and identifies relevant critical questions. - Examines early modern drama in terms of its characteristic actions, such as cuckolding, flattering, swaggering, going mad, and rising from the dead.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Timeline
  • The Set-Up
  • The Moment
  • Irreligious Drama
  • Courtiers and Capitalists
  • Actors and Writers
  • The Stage
  • Background Voices
  • Allegory
  • Ceremony
  • Drama
  • Festivity
  • History
  • Love
  • Medicine
  • Rhetoric
  • Romance
  • Satire
  • The Writers
  • Francis Beaumont
  • Richard Brome
  • George Chapman
  • Thomas Dekker
  • John Fletcher
  • John Ford
  • Robert Greene
  • Thomas Heywood
  • Ben Jonson
  • Thomas Kyd
  • Christopher Marlowe
  • John Marston
  • Philip Massinger
  • Thomas Middleton
  • Anthony Munday
  • George Peele
  • William Rowley
  • William Shakespeare
  • James Shirley
  • Cyril Tourneur
  • John Webster
  • Key Plays
  • Thomas Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy
  • Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine the Great
  • Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
  • William Shakespeare, Richard II
  • Ben Jonson, Every Man In His Humour
  • Thomas Dekker, The Shoemakers' Holiday
  • William Shakespeare, Hamlet
  • John Marston, The Dutch Courtesan
  • William Shakespeare, King Lear
  • The Revenger's Tragedy
  • Ben Jonson, Volpone, or, The Fox
  • Francis Beaumont, The Knight of the Burning Pestle
  • Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, The Maid's Tragedy
  • Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton, The Roaring Girl
  • William Shakespeare, The Tempest
  • Thomas Middleton, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside
  • Ben Jonson, Bartholomew Fair
  • John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi
  • Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, The Changeling
  • Philip Massinger, The Roman Actor
  • Thomas Heywood, The Fair Maid of the West
  • John Ford, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
  • Richard Brome, A Jovial Crew
  • Actions That A Man Might Play
  • Attending
  • Being a Woman
  • Conjuring
  • Cuckolding
  • Dressing Up
  • Feigning
  • Flattering
  • Going Mad
  • Inheriting
  • Plotting
  • Rising from the Dead
  • Seducing
  • Swaggering
  • Bibliography