Renaissance Drama By Women is a unique volume of plays and documents. For the first time, it demonstrates the wide range of theatrical activity in which women were involved during the Renaissance period. It includes full-length plays, a translated fragment by Queen Elizabeth I, a masque, and a substantial number of historical documents. With full and up-to-date accompanying critical material, this collection of texts is an exciting and invaluable resource for use in both the classroom and research.
Special features introduced by the editors include:
* introductory material to each play
* modernized spellings
* extensive notes and annotations
* biographical essays on each playwright
* a complete bibliography
Methodically and authoritatively edited by S.P. Cerasano and Marion Wynne-Davies, Renaissance Drama by Women is a true breakthrough for the study of women's literature and performance.
'Renaissance Drama by Women will … have an immediate and profound effect on the teaching of Renaissance drama. If ease of access, clarity of presentation, and interest of material are what is needed, the editors are likely to meet their goal of introducing "Renaissance theatre by women into the canon of English drama".' - Shakespeare Quarterly
'This reasonably priced volume will make Renaissance women's writing generally available to students … with its attractive presentation of texts and notes, [it] is … to be welcomed for its recognition of a gap in Renaissance cultural history.' - Review of English Studies
'An affordable, attractively presented collection of texts … will be seized on with delight…' - New Theatre Quarterly
'Few teachers of Renaissance literature will be able to resist the temptation to buy it …' - Times Literary Supplement