Although not much is known about the three Stuart plays in this edition, which was first published in 1987, we can ascribe them to one of the English universities, and each is indicative of a distinctly different influence on the Renaissance academic drama. Heteroclitanomalonomia is part of a minor subgenre referred to as the academic play. It demonstrates the predominance of language or rhetoric studies in the period and its very subject is of purely academic interest. Gigantomachia displays the continuing interest of the Renaissance in classical mythology. And A Christmas Messe follows a more homely tradition, a farcical personification of the mundane. This title will be of interest to students of English Literature, Drama and Performance.
Introduction; Part One: Commentary; 1. A Survey of University Drama, 1603-1642 2. The Allegorical/Debate Play 3. The Academic Grammar Play: Heteroclitanomalonomia 4. The Allegorical Satire?: Gigantomachia 5. All in Jest: A Christmas Messe; Part Two: Texts; Editorial Policy; 1. Heteroclitanomalonomia 2. Gigantomachia 3. A Christmas Messe; Bibliography
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.