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The Politics of Performance in Early Renaissance Drama


  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521029919

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  • Greg Walker provides a new account of the relationship between politics and drama in the turbulent period from the accession of Henry VIII to the reign of Elizabeth I. Building upon ideas first developed in Plays of Persuasion (1991), he focuses on political drama in both England and Scotland, exploring the complex relationships between politics, court culture and dramatic composition, performance and publication. Through a detailed analysis of one central dramatic form, the interlude or great hall play, and close study of key texts, Walker examines drama produced and adapted for varying conditions of performance: indoor and outdoor, private and public. He examines what happened when the play script was printed and sold commercially as a literary commodity. This interdisciplinary analysis will find a market among Tudor historians as well as students of medieval and Renaissance drama.

    • A detailed interdisciplinary analysis of the role of drama in the court politics of sixteenth-century England and Scotland
    • A sustained examination of the creation, marketing and circulation of play texts as printed books in the early Renaissance period
    • Of interest to Tudor historians as well as students of medieval and Renaissance drama
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    'Walker's book painstakingly reconstructs the circumstances of performance of a number of Tudor plays (by Heywood, Lindsay, and Udall) and concludes with a detailed account of the marital politics of Gorboduc, the first five-act verse tragedy in English … [his] readings are compelling and subtle.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521029919
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.394kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Playing by the book: early Tudor drama and the printed text
    2. Household drama and the art of good counsel
    3. John Heywood and the politics of contentment
    4. Acting government: Sir David Lindsay's Ane Satyre of The Thrie Estaitis
    5. Dramatic justice at the Marian court: Nicholas Udall's Respublica
    6. Strategies of courtship: the marital politics of Gorboduc

  • Author

    Greg Walker, University of Leicester

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