9780582493742

English Drama Before Shakespeare

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  • ISBN13:

    9780582493742

  • ISBN10:

    0582493749

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 1999-02-25
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

English Drama before Shakespearesurveys the range of dramatic activity in English up to 1590. The book challenges the traditional divisions between Medieval and Renaissance literature by showing that there was much continuity throughout this period, in spite of many innovations. The range of dramatic activity includes well-known features such as mystery cycles and the interludes, as well as comedy and tragedy. Para-dramatic activity such as the liturgical drama, royal entries and localised or parish drama is also covered. Many of the plays considered are anonymous, but a coherent, biographical view can be taken of the work of known dramatists such as John Heywood, John Bale, and Christopher Marlowe. Peter Happe's study is based upon close reading of selected plays, especially from the mystery cycles and such Elizabethan works as Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy. It takes account of contemporary research into dramatic form, performance (including some important recent revivals), dramatic sites and early theatre buildings, and the nature of early dramatic texts. Recent changes in outlook generated by the publication of the written records of early drama form part of the book's focus. There is an extensive bibliography covering social and political background, the lives and works of individual authors, and the development of theatrical ideas through the period. The book is aimed at undergraduates, as well as offering an overview for more advanced students and researchers in drama and in related fields of literature and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Series List
Editors' Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Historical Continuity and Development: The Scope of Drama, 1350-1590
Dramatic Practice, 1350-1590
The Medieval Drama
Worship, Instruction and Entertainment
Liturgical Drama
Texts and Mystery Plays and Moralities
Staging
Dramatic Values
Humanism, Renaissance and Reformation
Education and Polemic
Classical Comedy and Tragedy
Individual Dramatists up to 1555
Interludes
Other Dramatic Forms
Professional Theatre
Theatre and Companies
The Context of the Professional Stage: James Burbage and John Lyly
Kyd and Marlowe
Greene, Peele and Other Popular Plays, 1580-95
Epilogue
Chronology
General Bibliographies
Historical and cultural background
Theatres, actors and audiences
General criticism
Individual Authors
Notes on biography, major works and criticism
Anonymous plays
Selected criticism
Index
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