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Routledge Library Editions: Renaissance Drama


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Reissuing 15 works originally published between 1934 and 1991, this diverse set offers an outstanding collection of scholarship devoted to Renaissance Drama. Routledge Library Editions: Renaissance Drama provides an extensive study of performance history and criticism of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, as well as volumes dedicated to the playwrights Ben Jonson and William Shakespeare. These volumes present together a lively picture of the development of British theatre and will be of interest to students of literature, drama and performance.

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The Tragedy of State

The Tragedy of State

1st Edition

By J. W. Lever
September 17, 2018

The domination of the state over the lives of individuals is, arguably, a problem of the present-day world. In this book, first published in 1971, the author finds essentially the same problem in Jacobean tragedy in the shape it assumed during the rise of the first European nation-states. The ...

Ben Jonson His Craft and Art

Ben Jonson: His Craft and Art

1st Edition

By Rosalind Miles
September 17, 2018

Though he is one of the undisputed giants of English literature, Ben Jonson is known to most people only as the author of one or two masterly plays which regularly appear in the drama repertory. He is much less well-known for his whole oeuvre, which encompasses poetry, criticism, masque-making, and...

Ben Jonson His Life and Work

Ben Jonson: His Life and Work

1st Edition

By Rosalind Miles
September 17, 2018

The extraordinary character of Ben Jonson has only recently been brought into the light. Critics traditionally exalted Shakespeare, at Jonson’s expense. In this biography, first published in 1986, the author presents a full and accurate account of Jonson’s life in modern times. Rosalind Miles ...

Ben Jonson His Vision and His Art

Ben Jonson: His Vision and His Art

1st Edition

By Alexander Leggatt
September 17, 2018

While most critical writing on Jonson concentrates on the plays, poems or masques seen in isolation, this title, first published in 1981, ranges across the genres to explore Jonson’s vision as a whole. The author points to the inner connections that make of the rich variety of Jonson’s writing a ...

Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson

1st Edition

By John Palmer
September 17, 2018

While most critical writing on Jonson concentrates on the plays, poems or masques seen in isolation, this title, first published in 1981, ranges across the genres to explore Jonson’s vision as a whole. The author points to the inner connections that make of the rich variety of Jonson’s writing a ...

Courtesans and Cuckolds A Glossary of Renaissance Dramatic Bawdy

Courtesans and Cuckolds: A Glossary of Renaissance Dramatic Bawdy

1st Edition

By James T. Henke
September 17, 2018

This title, first published in 1979, is a glossary of the bawdy vocabulary that was used in Renaissance Drama. One of the primary functions of this gloss of literary bawdy is to interpret imaginative uses of the language rather than simply record the generally accepted uses and meanings, with its ...

Enchanted Shows Vision and Structure in Elizabethan and Shakespearean Comedy about Magic

Enchanted Shows: Vision and Structure in Elizabethan and Shakespearean Comedy about Magic

1st Edition

By Elissa Hare
September 17, 2018

The book, first published in 1988, examines the role of magic in Elizabethan and Shakespearean theatre. The author observes how certain plays, including Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, rationalise the unrealism and improbabilities typical of romantic comedy as miracles ...

Essays on Shakespeare and Elizabethan Drama In Honour of Hardin Craig

Essays on Shakespeare and Elizabethan Drama: In Honour of Hardin Craig

1st Edition

Edited By Richard Hosley
September 17, 2018

The twenty-eight essays of this collection, first published in 1962, are the work of distinguished British, Canadian, and American scholars. The essays range widely over the field of Elizabethan drama, concentrating attention on Shakespeare and Marlowe but not neglecting earlier dramatists such as ...

Jacobean City Comedy

Jacobean City Comedy

1st Edition

By Brian Gibbons
September 17, 2018

The first decade of the Jacobean age witnessed a sudden profusion of comedies satirizing city life; among these were comedies by Ben Jonson, John Marston and Thomas Middleton, as well as the bulk of the repertory of the newly-established children’s companies at Blackfriars and Paul’s. The ...

Jacobean Private Theatre

Jacobean Private Theatre

1st Edition

By Keith Sturgess
September 17, 2018

In this scholarly and entertaining book, first published in 1987, the author tells the story of Jacobean private theatre. Most of the best plays written after 1610, including Shakespeare’s late plays such as The Tempest, were written for the new breed of private playhouses – small, roofed and ...

Jacobean Tragedy The Quest for Moral Order

Jacobean Tragedy: The Quest for Moral Order

1st Edition

By Irving Ribner
September 17, 2018

The work of dramatists such as George Chapman, Thomas Heywood, Cyril Tourneur, John Webster, Thomas Middleton and John Ford can profitably be studied as attempts to construct a new moral order in response to the absence or weakening of the religious sanction. In this study, first published in 1962,...

Shakespeare's Tragic Justice

Shakespeare's Tragic Justice

1st Edition

By C. J. Sisson
September 17, 2018

The problem of justice seems to have haunted Shakespeare as it haunted Renaissance Christendom. In this book, first published in 1963, four aspects of the problems of justice in action in Shakespeare’s great tragedies are explored. This study is based on the lifetime’s research of Elizabethan ...

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