English Renaissance Drama
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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Englische Sprachwissenschaft / Literaturwissenschaft
The book considers the London theatrical culture which took shapein the 1570s and came to an end in 1642. * * Places emphasis on those plays that are readily available inmodern editions and can sometimes to be seen in modern productions,including Shakespeare. * Provides students with the historical, literary and theatricalcontexts they need to make sense of Renaissance drama. * Includes a series of short biographies of playwrights duringthis period. * Features close analyses of more than 20 plays, each of whichdraws attention to what makes a particular play interesting andidentifies relevant critical questions. * Examines early modern drama in terms of its characteristicactions, such as cuckolding, flattering, swaggering, going mad, andrising from the dead.
"A book surveying the field by introducing as many astwenty-one dramatists and generally considering the Londontheatrical culture between the 1570s and 1642. Among the key textscommented on are two of Shakespeare's tragedies, namelyHamlet ... and King Lear ... .The book is of good use toreaders needing a guide to the historical, literary and theatricalcontexts in which English Renaissance drama took shape."
"The ideal companion for both students and teachers ofTudor and Stuart plays. I ... was able to use it and recommendit to my students ... .They loved it almost as much as I did.The book features ... excellent, thought-provoking readings ofthe major plays ... and a wonderfully quirky, fascinating, anduseful section on recurring tropes and patterns ... .The majorwriters are represented, and the book will work nicely with theNorton and the Blackwell anthologies ... .I recommend this bookwith the highest praise."
"...Womack offers insightful critical comments on EnglishRenaissance playwrights, some major plays, and a variety ofcontextual topics...Womack is an astutecritic."
"Remarkably comprehensive ... a very fine introduction forthe non-specialist." (Touchstone)"...Womack offers insightful critical comments on EnglishRenaissance playwrights, some major plays, and a variety ofcontextual topics...Womack is an astute critic."
"Remarkably comprehensive ... a very fine introduction forthe non-specialist."
Literary Criticism & History, Literaturwissenschaft, Renaissance English Literature, Englische Literatur / Renaissance, Literaturkritik u. -geschichte, Literature