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Early Modern English Drama

A Critical Companion

Edited by Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr., Patrick Cheney, and Andrew Hadfield

Publication Date - September 2005

ISBN: 9780195153866

352 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $109.99


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 William Shakespeare 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. The essays 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 commentary that 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 to the book's contents, and brief biographies of the included authors.


"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 to recommend to students."--Notes and Queries

Table of Contents

    Select Chronology, 1561-1660
    Introduction: Theatergoing Then and Now
    1. Dramatic Authorship and Print, Wendy Wall
    2. Theater Companies and Stages, Roslyn L. Knutson
    3. Fulgens and Lucres and Early Tudor Drama, Greg Walker
    4. Tamburlaine and Renaissance Geography, John Gillies
    5. The Spanish Tragedy and Revenge, Gregory M. Colon Semenza
    6. Turks and Jews in The Jew of Malta, Daniel Vitkus
    7. Arden of Faversham and the Early Modern Household, Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr.
    8. Edward II and Male Same-Sex Desire, Alan Stewart
    9. Dr. Faustus and Reformation Theology, Kristen Poole
    10. Henry V and the Tudor Monarchy, Constance Jordan
    11. Hamlet and Humanism, Neil Rhodes
    12. Twelfth Night, Gender, and Comedy, R. W. Maslen
    13. Othello and the Moor, Emily C. Bartels
    14. The Masque of Blackness and Stuart Court Culture, Martin Butler
    15. Death and The Revenger's Tragedy, Michael Neill
    16. Volpone and the Classics, Raphael Lyne
    17. The Knight of the Burning Pestle and Generic Experimentation, Lucy Munro
    18. The Alchemist and Science, Katherine Eggert
    19. The Roaring Girl and the London Underworld, Clare McManus
    20. The White Devil and the Law, Luke Wilson
    21. A Chaste Maid in Cheapside and London, Karen Newman
    22. The Tragedy of Mariam and the Politics of Marriage, Danielle Clarke
    23. Bartholomew Fair and the Humoral Body, Gail Kern Paster
    24. The Duchess of Malfi and Early Modern Widows, Dympna Callaghan
    25. The Island Princess and Race, Claire Jowitt
    26. The Changeling and Masters and Servants, Mark Thornton Burnett
    27. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Incest, Richard A. McCabe
    Biographical Notes on Authors, Paul D. Stegner
    Notes on Contributors

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