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The Drama of John Marston
Critical Re-Visions


T. F. Wharton, Rick Bowers, W. Reavley Gair, Matthew Steggle, Patrick Buckridge, Richard Scarr, William W. E. Slights, Sukanya B. Senapati, Kiernan Ryan, David Pascoe, Janet Clare, Michael Scott
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  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521033589

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  • Celebrating the 400th anniversary of John Marston's debut as a professional playwright, this collection of critical essays on his work by leading scholars in the early modern field discovers, in the de-centred, hilarious, but unsettling work of this idiosyncratic Renaissance dramatist, an uncannily post-modern voice. Always at odds with his contemporaries, the censor and sometimes his own audience, Marston is shown to be a deeply conflicted figure but the qualities which estranged him from previous critical eras are precisely those that are now instantly accessible. This volume's essays, the themes of which coincide both in contemporary currents in literary theory and criticism and in the plays of John Marston, reveal at every turn the full extent of his ambiguity towards politics, gender and the very medium he wrote for and in.

    • Essays by leading scholars in the early modern field
    • Volume offers insights into Marston's work and methods for analysing Marston and his contemporaries
    • Graduate seminars in Renaissance drama will be interested in using the volume as supplementary reading
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    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521033589
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.377kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    Note on the text
    Introduction T. F. Wharton
    1. John Marston at the 'mart of woe': the Antonio plays Rick Bowers
    2. John Marston: a theatrical perspective W. Reavley Gair
    3. Varieties of fantasy in What You Will Matthew Steggle
    4. Safety in fiction: Marston's recreational poetics Patrick Buckridge
    5. Insatiate punning in Marston's courtesan plays Richard Scarr
    6. Touching the self: masturbatory Marston William W. E. Slights
    7. 'Two parts in one': Marston and masculinity Sukanya B. Senapati
    8. The Malcontent: hunting the letter Kiernan Ryan
    9. The Dutch Courtesan and the profits of translation David Pascoe
    10. Sexual politics in Marston's The Malcontent T. F. Wharton
    11. Marston: censure, censorship and free speech Janet Clare
    12. Ill-mannered Marston Michael Scott

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    T. F. Wharton, Augusta State University


    T. F. Wharton, Rick Bowers, W. Reavley Gair, Matthew Steggle, Patrick Buckridge, Richard Scarr, William W. E. Slights, Sukanya B. Senapati, Kiernan Ryan, David Pascoe, Janet Clare, Michael Scott

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