The Annals of English Drama 975-1700


Author: Sylvia Stoler Wagonheim
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134676344
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 396
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An analytical record of all plays, extinct or lost, chronologically arranged and indexed by authors, titles and dramatic companies.

Annals of English Drama, 975-1700

An Analytical Record of All Plays, Extant Or Lost, Chronologically Arranged and Indexed by Authors, Titles, Dramatic Companies, Etc
Author: Alfred Harbage
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: English drama
Page: 264
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Annals of English Drama, 975-1700

An Analytical Record of All Plays, Extant Or Lost
Author: Alfred Harbage
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: N.A
Category: English drama
Page: 321
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"This book provides a chronological listing [...] of plays, masks, and similar forms of entertainment, devised in England (or by Englishmen abroad) from the time of the earliest Quem Quaeritis trope in the tenth century until the death of Dryden in 1700. Coverage is broad enough to include plays in Latin or French, lost works, closet dramas, translations and adaptations, and descriptions of royal receptions and civic entertainments [...] Additional information is provided regarding playwrights, theatres and companies, as well as the location of all extant dramatic manuscripts"--Dust jacket.

Annals of English Drama, 975-1700

An Analytical Record of All Plays, Extant Or Lost
Author: Alfred Harbage
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: N.A
Category: English drama
Page: 321
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"This book provides a chronological listing [...] of plays, masks, and similar forms of entertainment, devised in England (or by Englishmen abroad) from the time of the earliest Quem Quaeritis trope in the tenth century until the death of Dryden in 1700. Coverage is broad enough to include plays in Latin or French, lost works, closet dramas, translations and adaptations, and descriptions of royal receptions and civic entertainments [...] Additional information is provided regarding playwrights, theatres and companies, as well as the location of all extant dramatic manuscripts"--Dust jacket.

A Checklist of New Plays and Entertainments on the London Stage, 1700-1737


Author: William J. Burling
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838634516
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 235
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This checklist attempts to identify and to provide information concerning new plays and entertainments presented on the major London stages during the period 1700-1737. The termini arise for two equally significant but very different reasons. The earlier terminus is simply the stopping point of the Annals of English Drama 975-1700 and other works. To begin in 1700 thus provides a logical continuation of important existing scholarship. The latter date arises from historical mandate. The Licensing Act of 1737 resulted in an immediate, negative influence on the production of new plays: what had been a flood of new productions before June of 1737 slowed to a trickle in the fall of that year and in subsequent seasons. Not until later in the century did anything like the vitality of the first 37 years reappear. A number of sources provided the titles for this checklist. William J. Burling culled The London Stage for possible new plays, searched eighteenth-century editions of plays (usually first editions) for related advertising notices by the publishers, and examined well-known contemporary lists. He also read extensively into 37 years' worth of eighteenth-century newspapers. By far the most profitable line of research, however, involved music reference sources, such as The British Union-Catalogue of Early Printed Music, Roger Fiske's seminal 1973 study of theater music, and various specialized works on such publishers as William Walsh. Also of interest and occasional aid were eighteenth-century songbooks, such as those by Thomas Durfey. The plays are presented in chronological order, keyed to The London Stage. The chronological listing has the additional virtue of providing a sense of on-going competition and theatrical trends, revealing "at a glance" the ebb and flow of an entire season. Each entry includes eight pieces of information: date of premiere, venue, title, author(s) or attribution, type of play (genre), publisher or printer, date of publication, and notes of interest on attribution, performance history, or secondary studies of these matters. To facilitate ease of cross-reference and to build upon the impressive body of work already completed, Checklist includes all London theaters of the period as selected by the editors of The London Stage: Drury Lane, Lincoln's Inn Fields, Covent Garden, Dorset Garden, the Royal Opera House in the Haymarket, Goodman's fields (both locations), the "Little" Haymarket Theatre, the York Buildings, James Street, and Richmond. Appendix A lists the entertainments appearing at the various fairs, taverns, schools, and other non-major theater locations of all kinds in the London environs. Numerous interesting cases of unproduced plays have led the author to create a sound special appendix (B) for them. An extensive index includes play titles and subtitles, playwrights, and related scholars.

An Index of Characters in Early Modern English Drama

Printed Plays, 1500-1660
Author: Thomas L. Berger,Thomas Leland Berger,William C. Bradford,Sidney L. Sondergard,Sidney L.. Sondergard
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521621496
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 170
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A reference book which indexes all the characters who appear in English drama from 1500 to 1660.

A Companion to Shakespeare's Works, Volume II

The Histories
Author: Richard Dutton,Jean E. Howard
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470997281
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 496
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This four-volume Companion to Shakespeare's Works, compiled as a single entity, offers a uniquely comprehensive snapshot of current Shakespeare criticism. Brings together new essays from a mixture of younger and more established scholars from around the world - Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Examines each of Shakespeare’s plays and major poems, using all the resources of contemporary criticism, from performance studies to feminist, historicist, and textual analysis. Volumes are organized in relation to generic categories: namely the histories, the tragedies, the romantic comedies, and the late plays, problem plays and poems. Each volume contains individual essays on all texts in the relevant category, as well as more general essays looking at critical issues and approaches more widely relevant to the genre. Offers a provocative roadmap to Shakespeare studies at the dawning of the twenty-first century. This companion to Shakespeare’s histories contains original essays on every history play from Henry VI to Henry V as well as fourteen additional articles on such topics as censorship in Shakespeare’s histories, the relation of Shakespeare’s plays to other dramatic histories of the period, Shakespeare’s histories on film, the homoerotics of Shakespeare’s history plays, and nation formation in Shakespeare’s histories.

Widows and Suitors in Early Modern English Comedy


Author: Jennifer Panek
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139455947
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: N.A
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The courtship and remarriage of a rich widow was a popular motif in early modern comic theatre. Jennifer Panek brings together a wide variety of texts, from ballads and jest-books to sermons and court records, to examine the staple widow of comedy in her cultural context and to examine early modern attitudes to remarriage. She persuasively challenges the critical tendency to see the stereotype of the lusty widow as a tactic to dissuade women from second marriages, arguing instead that it was deployed to enable her suitors to regain their masculinity, under threat from the dominant, wealthier widow. The theatre, as demonstrated by Middleton, Dekker, Beaumont and Fletcher and others, was the prime purveyor of a fantasy in which a young man's sexual mastery of a widow allowed him to seize the economic opportunity she offered.

Forms of Nationhood

The Elizabethan Writing of England
Author: Richard Helgerson
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226326344
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 367
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What have poems and maps, law books and plays, ecclesiastical polemics and narratives of overseas exploration to do with one another? By most accounts, very little. They belong to different genres and have been appropriated by scholars in different disciplines. But, as Richard Helgerson shows in this ambitious and wide-ranging study, all were part of an extraordinary sixteenth- and seventeenth-century enterprise: the project of making England.

Prologues to Shakespeare's Theatre

Performance and Liminality in Early Modern Drama
Author: Douglas Bruster,Robert Weimann
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134313705
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 208
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This eye-opening study draws attention to the largely neglected form of the early modern prologue. Reading the prologue in performed as well as printed contexts, Douglas Bruster and Robert Weimann take us beyond concepts of stability and autonomy in dramatic beginnings to reveal the crucial cultural functions performed by the prologue in Elizabethan England. While its most basic task is to seize the attention of a noisy audience, the prologue's more significant threshold position is used to usher spectators and actors through a rite of passage. Engaging competing claims, expectations and offerings, the prologue introduces, authorizes and, critically, straddles the worlds of the actual theatrical event and the 'counterfeit' world on stage. In this way, prologues occupy a unique and powerful position between two orders of cultural practice and perception. Close readings of prologues by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, including Marlowe, Peele and Lyly, demonstrate the prologue's role in representing both the world in the play and playing in the world. Through their detailed examination of this remarkable form and its functions, the authors provide a fascinating perspective on early modern drama, a perspective that enriches our knowledge of the plays' socio-cultural context and their mode of theatrical address and action.

King Lear and the Gods


Author: William R. Elton
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813161304
Category: Drama
Page: 384
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Many critics hold that Shakespeare's King Lear is primarily a drama of meaningful suffering and redemption within a just universe ruled by providential higher powers. William Elton's King Lear and the Gods challenges the validity of this widespread optimistic view. Testing the prevailing view against the play's acknowledged sources, and analyzing the functions of the double plot, the characters, and the play's implicit ironies, Elton concludes that this standard interpretation constitutes a serious misreading of the tragedy.

The Framing Text in Early Modern English Drama

'whining' Prologues and 'armed' Epilogues
Author: Brian W. Schneider
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409410188
Category: Drama
Page: 320
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Though individual prologues and epilogues have been treated in depth, very little scholarship has been published on early modern framing texts as a whole. Combining original analysis with carefully compiled, comprehensive reference data, the author fills a gap in the literature by examining the origins of these texts and investigating their growing importance and influence in the theatre of the period.

English Drama: Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide


Author: David Bevington
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199811180
Category:
Page: 34
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This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of Islamic studies find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated related. This ebook is a static version of an article from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Renaissance and Reformation, a dynamic, continuously updated, online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through scholarship and other materials relevant to the study of European history and culture between the 14th and 17th centuries. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit www.oxfordbibliographies.com.

Stages of Evil

Occultism in Western Theater and Drama
Author: Robert Lima
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813171768
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 344
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“The evil that men do” has been chronicled for thousands of years on the European stage, and perhaps nowhere else is human fear of our own evil more detailed than in its personifications in theater. Early writers used theater to communicate human experiences and to display reverence for the gods governing daily life. Playwrights from Euripides onward sought inspiration from this interplay between the worldly and the occult, using human belief in the divine to govern characters’ actions within a dramatic arena. The constant adherence to the supernatural, despite changing religious ideologies over the centuries, testifies to a deep and continuing belief in the ability of a higher power to interfere in human life. Stages of Evil is the first book to examine the representation and relationship of evil and the occult from the prehistoric origins of drama through to the present day. Drawing on examples of magic, astronomy, demonology, possession, exorcism, fairies, vampires, witchcraft, hauntings, and voodoo, author Robert Lima explores how theater shaped American and European perceptions of the occult and how the dramatic works studied here reflect society back upon itself at different points in history. From representations of Dionysian rites in ancient Greece, to the Mouth of Hell in the Middle Ages, to the mystical cabalistic life of the Hasidic Jews, to the witchcraft and magic of the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage, Lima traces the recurrence of supernatural motifs in pivotal plays and performance works of the Western tradition. Considering numerous myths and cultural artifacts, such as the “wild man,” he describes the evolution and continual representation of supernatural archetypes on the modern stage. He also discusses the sociohistorical implications of Christian and pagan representations of evil and the theatrical creativity that occultism has engendered. Delving into his own theatrical, literary, folkloric, and travel experiences to enhance his observations, Lima assays the complex world of occultism and examines diverse works of Western theater and drama. A unique and comprehensive bibliography of European and American plays concludes the study and facilitates further research into the realm of the social and literary impact of the occult.

Critical Analyses in English Renaissance Drama

A Bibliographic Guide
Author: Brownell Salomon
Publisher: Popular Press
ISBN: 9780879721251
Category: Reference
Page: 153
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This bibliographic guide directs the reader to a prize selection of the best modern, analytical studies of every play, anonymous play, masque, pageant, and "entertainment" written by more than two dozen contemporaries of Shakespeare in the years between 1580 and 1642. Together with Shakespeare's plays, these works comprise the most illustrious body of drama in the English language.

Elizabethan Theatre History: An Annotated Bibliography of Scholarship, 1664-1979


Author: David Stevens
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1105175219
Category: Reference
Page: 320
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Formerly published as "English Renaissance Theatre History: A Reference Guide" by G. K. Hall in 1982, this annotated bibliography of scholarship in the field of Elizabethan theatre history has been out of print for almost 30 years. Most academic libraries have a copy in their reference departments, and this classic is now available for the personal libraries of students and scholars in the field. It has never been easier to review the academic literature in such areas as reconstructions of Shakespeare's Globe Playhouse, and other public and private playhouses of Shakespeare's London; the court masques; Inigo Jones; Richard Burbage and other actors of the time; the Lord Mayor's Shows; Puritan opposition to the stage; and other such topics. The terminal date of 1979 reflects the date of original production, but with this tool it is a simple matter for the scholar to update his or her review of the literature. The comprehensive Index is invaluable, and Stevens also provides a preface and introduction.

Dramatic Difference

Gender, Class, and Genre in the Early Modern Closet Drama
Author: Karen Raber
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
ISBN: 9780874137576
Category: Drama
Page: 338
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"Dramatic Difference offers an important contribution to the study of early modern women writers, and at the same time invites scholars and critics of the theater to reassess the place of closet drama - and the presence of women dramatists - in the early modern dramatic tradition."--BOOK JACKET.