1st Edition

The Stage and Social Struggle in Early Modern England

By Jean E. Howard Copyright 1994
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Stage and Social Struggle in Early Modern England is a ground-breaking study of a controversial period of English literary, cultural, and political history.
    In language that is both lucid and theoretically sophisticated, Jean Howard examines the social and cultural facets of early modern theatre. She looks at the ways in which some theatrical practices were deemed deceptive and unreliable, while others were lent legitimacy by the powerful.
    An exciting and challenging work by one of the leading writers in the field, The Stage and Social Conflict in Early Modern England is important reading for anyone interested in the period.

    1 RENAISSANCE THEATER AND THE REPRESENTATION OF THEATRICAL PRACTICE A brief for political criticism 2 "SATHANS SYNAGOGUE" The theater as constructed by its enemies 3 ANTITHEATRICALITY STAGED The workings of ideology in Dekker’s The Whore of Babylon Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing 4 THE MATERIALITY OF IDEOLOGY Women as spectators, spectacles, and paying customers in the English public theatre 5 POWER AND EROS Crossdressing in dramatic representation and theatrical 6 KINGS AND PRETENDERS Monarchical theatricality in the Shakespearean history play.


    Jean E Howard, PH D (University of Michigan)

    `It is always a pleasure to read what Jean Howard has written. ... State-of-the-art theoretical concerns and acute historical inquiry are brought to bear with uncommon supplenes. Her arguements are never narrow; ... she fashions analytical ensembles, covering more bases than much critical argumentaion can lay claim to. - Shakespeare Quartaly

    `Howard's lucid and elegant prose enables her to combine theoretical sophistication with readability, and the book the concealed workings of ideology,' - Gender & History