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Revived with Care
John Fletcher’s Plays on the British Stage, 1885–2020



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ISBN 9780367540340
November 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

This book presents a ground-breaking, comprehensive study of the modern performance history of plays in the John Fletcher canon, excluding his collaborations with Shakespeare. It examines how seventeen of Fletcher’s plays have been interpreted in British productions.

In addition, the book offers a consideration of the contexts in which these productions took place, from the early twentieth century ‘Elizabethan Revival’ to the more politicized theatrical cultures of the 1960s and beyond.

Revived with Care opens a window on some of the theatrical developments of the past 135 years, in the context of radical changes in the presentation and reception of early modern drama, while for theatre practitioners it provides ideas and inspiration for exploring little-known but powerful plays in exciting new productions.

The book will be of great interest to students, scholars and practitioners working in the field of theatre and performance studies.

Table of Contents

Contents

PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

NOTES

INTRODUCTION

‘Their care was good that did revive this play’

CHAPTER ONE

‘Bum-fiddled with a bastard’: misconstruing The Chances

CHAPTER TWO

‘You should have kept your legs close then’: misogynistic discourse in The Coxcomb and Bonduca

CHAPTER THREE

‘There is another way, if you could hit on’t’: sexual, social and political behaviours in The Scornful Lady and The Humorous Lieutenant

CHAPTER FOUR

‘A poem and a play too!’: The Faithful Shepherdess and the possibility of poetic drama

CHAPTER FIVE

‘What pretty new device is this?’: confronting the transgressive in The Maid’s Tragedy

CHAPTER SIX

‘Wooing and wiving? Hang it!’: performance, power and sexual politics in Rule a Wife and Have a Wife and The Wild-Goose Chase

CHAPTER SEVEN

‘Am I not your king? If ay, then am I not to be obeyed?’: Philaster, A King and No King and the depoliticizing of tragicomedy

CHAPTER EIGHT

‘You looked with my eyes when you took that man’: re-visioning The Maid’s Tragedy

CHAPTER NINE

‘A man of arms, and daunted with a lady?’: women in power and colonial excursions in The Island Princess, The Woman’s Prize and The Sea Voyage

CHAPTER TEN

‘Turn this man woman, or this woman man’: deconstructing gender in The Custom of the Country, Love’s Cure and The Woman Hater

APPENDIX 1

The plays in the John Fletcher canon

APPENDIX 2

British Fletcher productions 1885-2020

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Index

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Author(s)

Biography

Peter Malin is an independent scholar with a particular interest in performance. He has written A Level study guides on plays by Shakespeare, Webster, Jonson and Ford and contributed articles and reviews to Early Theatre, ROMARD, Shakespeare, Cahiers Élisabéthains and Arden Early Modern Drama.