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 English dramatists of the early seventeenth century are seen as giving expression to the ferment of ideas which, only a generation later, precipitated the revolutionary struggles of the sixteen-forties. This title will be of interest to students of History, Literature, Drama and Performance.
1. Tragedy and State 2. Revenge Drama: Antonio’s Revenge, The Revenger’s Tragedy 3. Chapman: The Bussy Plays 4. Roman Tragedy: Sejanus, Caesar and Pompey 5. Webster: The White Devil, The Duchess of Malfi; Index
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.