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Theatre and Government under the Early Stuarts


J. R. Mulryne, Simon Adams, Richard Dutton, Graham Parry, Martin Butler, James Knowles, Julia Gasper, Kathleen McLuskie, Margot Heinemann
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  • Date Published: September 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521118828

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  • This collection of commissioned essays by established scholars, responds to critical debate on political theatre of the turbulent early years of the seventeenth century. Theatre is widely interpreted. The authors discuss censorship, the social implications of pageantry, Reformation ideals, popular theatre and the politics of the masque throughout the period. An early chapter discusses political theatre in the light of work by revisionist and post-revisionist historians. The drama of Jonson, Dekker, Middleton, Massinger, Chapman, Heywood and Rowley is given detailed attention, while Shakespeare's plays are considered in the introductory chapter.

    • Well-established authors, experts in their fields
    • Appeal to historians as well as literary critics
    • Ranges across theatrical genres, including spectacles and masques
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521118828
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Theatre and government under the early Stuarts J. R. Mulryne
    2. Early Stuart politics Simon Adams
    3. Ben Jonson and the Master of the Revels Richard Dutton
    4. The politics of the Jacobean masque Graham Parry
    5. Reform or reverence? The politics of the Caroline masque Martin Butler
    6. The spectacle of the realm: civic consciousness, rhetoric and ritual in early modern London James Knowles
    7. The Reformation plays on the public stage Julia Gasper
    8. Politics and dramatic form in early modern tragedy Kathleen McLuskie
    9. Drama and opinion in the 1620s: Middleton and Massinger Margot Heinemann

  • Editors

    J. R. Mulryne

    Margaret Shewring


    J. R. Mulryne, Simon Adams, Richard Dutton, Graham Parry, Martin Butler, James Knowles, Julia Gasper, Kathleen McLuskie, Margot Heinemann

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