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The Politics of the Stuart Court Masque


David Bevington, Peter Holbrook, Martin Butler, Paul E. J. Hammer, Tom Bishop, Leeds Barroll, Stephen Orgel, Hugh Craig, Nancy E. Wright, Barbara Ravelhofer, David Lindley, Barbara K. Lewalski, Leah S. Marcus
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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521031202

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  • This 1998 book takes an alternative look at the courtly masque in early seventeenth-century England. For a generation, the masque has been a favourite topic of New Historicism, because it has been seen as part of the process by which artistic works interact with politics, both shaping and reflecting the political life of a nation. These exciting essays move importantly beyond a monolithic view of culture and power in the production of masques, to one in which rival factions at the courts of James I and of Charles I represent their clash of viewpoints through dancing and spectacle. All aspects of the masque are considered, from written text and political context to music, stage picture and dance. The essays, written by distinguished scholars from around the world, present an interdisciplinary approach, with experts on dance, music, visual spectacle and politics all addressing the masque from the point of view of their speciality.

    • A collection of essays examining the political nature of the court masque in early seventeenth-century England
    • By a distinguished group of international scholars who are experts in the interdisciplinary fields of dance, music, visual spectacle and politics
    • With illustrations and music examples from the masques
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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521031202
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 154 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.495kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 5 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    Note on the text
    1. Introduction David Bevington and Peter Holbrook
    2. Courtly negotiations Martin Butler
    3. Upstaging the Queen: the Earl of Essex, Francis Bacon and the Accession Day celebrations of 1595 Paul E. J. Hammer
    4. Jacobean pacifism and Jacobean masques Peter Holbrook
    5. The gingerbread host: tradition and novelty in the Jacobean masque Tom Bishop
    6. Inventing the Stuart masque Leeds Barroll
    7. Marginal Jonson Stephen Orgel
    8. Jonson, the antimasque and the 'rules of flattery' Hugh Craig
    9. 'Rival traditions': civic and courtly ceremonies in Jacobean London Nancy E. Wright
    10. The Tempest and the Jacobean court masque David Bevington
    11.'Virgin wax' and 'hairy men-monsters': unstable movement codes in the Stuart masque Barbara Ravelhofer
    12. The politics of music in the masque David Lindley
    13. Milton's Comus and the politics of masquing Barbara K. Lewalski
    14. Valediction Leah S. Marcus

  • Editors

    David Bevington, University of Chicago

    Peter Holbrook, University of Queensland


    David Bevington, Peter Holbrook, Martin Butler, Paul E. J. Hammer, Tom Bishop, Leeds Barroll, Stephen Orgel, Hugh Craig, Nancy E. Wright, Barbara Ravelhofer, David Lindley, Barbara K. Lewalski, Leah S. Marcus

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