1st Edition

Teachers in Early Modern English Drama Pedagogy and Authority

By Jean Lambert Copyright 2020
    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    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 analyzes 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.


    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


    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.