Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England

Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England is a magazine focusing on Arts

Articles from Vol. 24, Annual

"A Wording Poet": Othello among the Mountebanks
WHEN it came time to write Othello Shakespeare knew that he needed a special villain, a villain not usually seen on the stage of the Globe or the other London theatres, a villain who could easily undo the honorable and powerful Moorish general, his...
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Desire and Dramatic Form in Early Modern England
Desire and Dramatic Form in Early Modern England, by Judith Haber. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Pp. xi + 212. Hardback $90.00. This book puts three important questions to the test: history, form, and gender. As the Introduction boldly...
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Early Modern Banquet Receipts and Women's Theatre
AFTER giving a detailed receipt for cooking a peacock that will look even more striking dead than it did alive--a feat achieved by carefully killing the bird, removing the flesh from the still-feathered skin, roasting the flesh, and then sewing the...
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From Patrons Web Site to REED Online
Thirty -TWO years have elapsed since the publication of the first volumes in the Records of Early English Drama (REED) series, York, ed. Alexandra Johnston and Margaret Rogerson (University of Toronto Press, 1979, 2 vols.). Those years have witnessed...
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Hard Choices: A REED Editor Battles House Style
In 1990 I found myself locked in combat with a copy editor from Shakespeare Quarterly over the text of an article called "Women in the Audience of Cambridge Plays." (1) My typescript read thus: "Two years later, in 1615, [King] James paid a visit which...
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"If I Could Not Liu by It & Be Honest": Putting the Henslowe-Alleyn Manuscript Archive Online
WITH his founding of Dulwich College in 1619, along with his earlier establishment of Dulwich College's Chapel and Almshouses, the eminent actor Edward Alleyn (1566-1626) established a charity to ensure his legacy for generations to come. Yet ironically...
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Predicting Elizabeth: Prophecy on Progress
[T]he Tudor kings and Queens came and went about their public affairs in a constant atmosphere of make-believe, with a sibyl lurking in every courtyard and gateway, and a satyr in the boscage of every park, to turn the ceremonies of welcome and farewell,...
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Protestantism and Drama in Early Modern England
Protestantism and Drama in Early Modern England, by Adrian Streete. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Pp. x + 298. Hardback $95.00. For a long time now one line of thinking about "the modern subject" has wanted to trace its origins to...
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Shakespeare and the Nature of Love: Literature, Culture, Evolution
Shakespeare and the Nature of Love: Literature, Culture, Evolution, by Marcus Nordlund. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2007. Hardback $59.95, Paperback $27.95. This in an important, brave, and urgently welcome study, engagingly...
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Shakespeare, Computers, and the Mystery of Authorship
Shakespeare, Computers, and the Mystery of Authorship, edited by Hugh Craig and Arthur F. Kinney. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Pp. xix + 234. Hardback $99.00. Shakespeare's Additions to Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy: A Fresh Look...
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The John Nichols Project
THE role of ceremony and visual splendor in what John Nichols (1745-1826) called Queen Elizabeth I's "plan of popularity" has long fascinated scholars and the general public alike. (1) From the pioneering work of Roy Strong and Frances Yates, to more...
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The Lost Plays Database: A Wiki for Lost Plays
ONE of many insights into the business of early modern theatre in England provided by a document such as Philip Henslowe's Diary is the sheer number of plays London-based companies had in production, season to season. For good reasons, plays surviving...
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The Theatre Historian as Director
To do theatre history is to encounter few breakthroughs and many frustrations. In my case, having spent three decades puzzling over elliptical stage directions and deafening silences, I remain painfully aware of the many difficulties in the attempt...
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Thomas Heywood's Theatre, 1599-1639: Locations, Translations, and Conflict
Thomas Heywood's Theatre, 1599-1639: Locations, Translations, and Conflict, by Richard Rowland. Fareham: Ashgate, 2010. Pp. xiii + 379. Hardback [pounds sterling]65.00. Thomas Heywood's posthumous literary reputation is an instructive case of how...
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