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Teachers in Early Modern English Drama

Pedagogy and Authority, 1st Edition

By Jean Lambert


280 pages

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pub: 2019-12-03
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Starting from the early modern presumption of the incorporation of role with authority, Jean Lambert explores male teachers as representing and engaging with types of authority in English plays and dramatic entertainments by Shakespeare and his contemporaries from the late sixteenth to the early seventeenth century.

This book examines these theatricalized portraits in terms of how they inflect aspects of humanist educational culture and analyses those ideas and practices of humanist pedagogy that carry implications for the traditional foundations of authority.

Teachers in Early Modern English Drama is a fascinating study through two centuries of teaching Shakespeare and his contemporaries and will be a valuable resource for undergraduates, postgraduates and scholars interested in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century drama, writing and culture.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1 ‘So many men so many minds’: George Gascoigne’s schoolroom and The Glasse of Government; 2 ‘O tempora, O mores’ Philip Sidney’s Maying for Elizabeth I: The Lady of May; 3 The End of Learning in William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost; 4 ‘Asse in presenti’: The discipline of grammar: John Marston’s What You Will; 5 Playing the Pedagogue with Shroud shrews: William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew; 6 Prospero’s Lessons: Island Pedagogies and William Shakespeare’s The Tempest; 7 Pedagogical Enormities and the Fairing of a Wasp and a Bee in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair

About the Author

Jean Lambert is Fellow, Tutor and Honorary Archivist at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge, UK with research interests in early modern English Literature and its intersection with a range of sixteenth and seventeenth century discourse, including politics and pedagogy. Her current research interests include public and popular forms of expression of hostility towards strangers and the foreign in early modern England

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:
DRAMA / General
DRAMA / Shakespeare
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism