Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England

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

Articles from Vol. 25, 2012

Documents of Performance in Early Modern England
Documents of Performance in Early Modern England, by Tiffany Stern. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Pp. 362 + xiv. Hardback, $95.00This important book explores "documents of performance" in early modern England - such papers (and passages)...
(Gentle)men Behaving Badly: Aggression, Anxiety, and Repertory in the Playhouses of Early Modern London
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)QUEEN Elizabeth takes her seat in the theater, and around her are gathered the glittering ranks of her most important courtiers, senior figures from the aristocracy, and a select band of international...
King Leir at Gowthwaite Hall
AMONG the very few records specifying the names of plays performed by provincial touring companies in England in the early modern period, the most significant come from the 1611 Star Chamber trial of Sir John Yorke of Nidderdale in Yorkshire; the testimonies...
Owning William Shakespeare: The King's Men and Their Intellectual Property
Owning William Shakespeare: The King's Men and Their Intellectual Property, by James J. Marino. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. Pp. 204. Cloth $49.95Each term in the title of Owning William Shakespeare carries significant baggage...
Revising Jealousy in the Merry Wives of Windsor
THE problem of jealousy is a major theme in Shakespeare's later plays, but the comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor (1599-1600), written in the middle of Shakespeare's career, also provides an extended look at a husband's unfounded jealousy and how it comes...
Setting the Stage for Revenge: Space, Performance, and Power in Early Modern Revenge Tragedy
WHEN the revenger Antonio, dripping in gore, walks on stage late in the third act of John Marston's Antonio's Revenge carrying a torch in one hand and a poniard in the other, the grisly tableau conspicuously evokes the opening moments of the play when...
Shakespeare and the Cobham Controversy: The Oldcastle/Falstaff and Brooke/Broome Revisions
The Way ForwardFEW questions about Shakespeare have evoked as much speculation with as little regard for the historical, textual, and bibliographical evidence as the relationship between the revisions and allusions in 1 Henry TV, 2 Henry TV, and The...
Shakespeare's Memory Theatre: Recollections, Properties, and Character
Shakespeare's Memory Theatre: Recollections, Properties, and Character, by Lina Perkins Wilder. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Pp. viii + 230. Hardcover $125.00The opening statement of this monograph declares: "The materials of theatre...
Sir Giles Goosecap, Knight: George Chapman; Poetaster; and the Children of the Chapel
A.T the start of the seventeenth century two poet-playwrights each depicted a learned wordsmith who was dignified by his patron, and both creations appeared on the Blackfriars stage for the Children of the Chapel. In each case critics detect an authorial...
Symbolic and Thematic Impoverishment in Polanski's Macbeth
IONE of the obvious challenges of filmmakers who adapt Shakespeare for the screen is to try to translate in visual terms as much of the richly evocative imagery of the dramatist's speeches as possible and to invent filmic ways of conveying powerfully...
The Inarticulate Renaissance: Language Trouble in an Age of Eloquence
The Inarticulate Renaissance: Language Trouble in an Age of Eloquence, by Carla Mazzio. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009. Pp. vi + 349. Cloth $65.00The Inarticulate Renaissance, which won the 2010 Roland H. Bainton Prize for Literature,...
The Materiality of Religion in Early Modern English Drama
The Materiality of Religion in Early Modern English Drama, by Elizabeth Williamson. Ashgate: Aldershot, Hants, England, 2009. Pp. 252. Hardcover $99.95In her carefully researched monograph, The Materiality of Religion in Early Modern English Drama, Elizabeth...
The Struggle for Shakespeare's Text: Twentieth-Century Editorial Theory and Practice
The Struggle for Shakespeare's Text: Twentieth-Century Editorial Theory and Practice, by Gabriel Egan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Pp. x + 319. Cloth $90.00In The Struggle for Shakespeare's Text: Twentieth-Century Editorial Theory and...
Tragic Conditions in Shakespeare: Disinheriting the Globe
Tragic Conditions in Shakespeare: Disinheriting the Globe, by Paul A. Kottman. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009. Pp. xii + 196. Hardback $62.00Paul A. Kottman's project in this unusual and provocative book is to show how Shakespearean...
Why Greene Was Angry at Shakespeare
ITHE passage from Greene has had such a devastating effect on Shakespearean study that we cannot but wish it had never been written or never discovered."1 It was, of course, thepuzzling attack on the "upstart Crow" in Greenes Groats-worth of Witte and...