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Representations of Flemish Immigrants on the Early Modern Stage

1st Edition

By Peter Matthew McCluskey

Routledge

232 pages

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Description

Immigrants from the Low Countries constituted the largest population of resident aliens in early modern England. Possessing superior technology in a number of fields and enjoying governmental protection, the Flemish were charged by many native artisans with unfair economic competition. With xenophobic sentiments running so high that riots and disorders occurred throughout the sixteenth century, Elizabeth I directed her dramatic censor to suppress material that might incite further disorder, forcing playwrights to develop strategies to address the alien problem indirectly. Representations of Flemish Immigrants on the Early Modern Stage describes the immigrant community during this period and explores the consistently negative representations of Flemish immigrants in Tudor interludes, the impact of censorship, the playwrighting strategies that eluded it, and the continuation of these methods until the closing of the theatres in 1642.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Peter Matthew McCluskey is an associate professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, where he teaches courses in Shakespeare, Shakespeare on Film, British popular culture, and crime fiction.

About the Series

Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama

Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama
This series presents original research on theatre histories and performance histories; the time period covered is from about 1500 to the early 18th century. Studies in which women's activities are a central feature of discussion are especially of interest; this may include women as financial or technical support (patrons, musicians, dancers, seamstresses, wig-makers) or house support staff (e.g., gatherers), rather than performance per se. We also welcome critiques of early modern drama that take into account the production values of the plays and rely on period records of performance.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRA003000
DRAMA / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
HIS010020
HISTORY / Europe / Western
HIS015000
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism