Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England

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Articles from Vol. 23, 2010

Aliens and Englishness in Elizabethan Drama
Aliens and Englishness in Elizabethan Drama, by Lloyd Edward Kermode. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Pp. xi + 202. $99.00.We live in a world, especially in America, where a secure sense of national identity is constantly threatened by elements...
A Power to Do Justice: Jurisdiction, English Literature, and the Rise of Common Law
A Power to Do Justice: Jurisdiction, English Literature, and the Rise of Common Law, by Bradin Cormack. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. Pp xiii + 406. Hardcover $55.Bradin Cormack' s A Power to Do Justice is an important study of an all too...
Declamation and Character in the Fletcher-Massinger Plays
GIVEN the capacity of scholars of English Renaissance drama to disagree over just about anything, the strength of their consensus with regard to one particular issue is virtually astonishing: the superficiality of character within the plays, especially...
Flaunting: Style and the Subversive Male Body in Renaissance England
Flaunting: Style and the Subversive Male Body in Renaissance England, by Amanda Bailey. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007. Pp. 190. Cloth $65.00For Amanda Bailey, the devil is in the definitions. In Flaunting, Bailey offers some intriguing insights...
Food in Shakespeare: Early Modern Dietaries and the Plays
Food in Shakespeare: Early Modern Dietaries and the Plays, by Joan Fitzpatrick. Ashgate: Aldershot, Hants, England and Burlington, VT, 2007, Pp. ix + 166. Hardcover $99.95.In the last few decades, food and its constituent concerns of cooking, eating,...
"Hamlet" without Hamlet
"Hamlet" without Hamlet, by Margreta de Grazia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Pp. xii + 267. Cloth $101.00; paper $41.99.Margreta de Grazia's "Hamlet" without Hamlet rejects two hundred years of psychological readings of the play's hero...
Male Friendship in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
Male Friendship in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, by Tom MacFaul. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Pp. x + 222.In the chapters that begin and end his book, Tom MacFaul argues that Shakespeare and other early modern dramatists turned...
Shakespeare and the Economic Imperative: "What's Aught but as 'Tis Valued?"
Shakespeare and the Economic Imperative: "What's aught but as 'tis valued?", by Peter F. Grav. New York and London: Routledge, 2008. Pp. viii + 208. $100.00.Offering his book as an exercise in historically contextualized New Formalist close reading,...
Shakespeare and the Idea of the Book
Shakespeare and the Idea of the Book, by Charlotte Scott. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Pp. 256. Hardback, $110.00.During a period of enormously productive scholarship on the history of the book, Charlotte Scott has written a very different,...
Shakespeare and the Practice of Physic: Medical Narratives on the Early Modern English Stage
Shakespeare and the Practice of Physic: Medical Narratives on the Early Modern English Stage, by Todd H. J. Pettigrew. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2005. Pp. 198. Hardcover $43.50.Todd H. J. Pettigrew' s Shakespeare and the Practice of Physic,...
The Cartographic Imagination in Early Modern England: Re-Writing the World in Marlowe, Spenser, Raleigh and Marvell
The Cartographic Imagination in Early Modern England: Re-writing the World in Marlowe, Spenser, Raleigh and Marvell, by D. K. Smith. Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2008. Pp. 254. Hardback, $99.95.Over the last decade or so, a number of influential histories...
The Figure of the Crowd in Early Modem London: The City and Its Double
The Figure of the Crowd in Early Modern London: The City and Its Double, by Ian Munro. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. Pp. ? + 256. Hardcover $69.95.Ian Munro reminds us of the extraordinary denseness of early modern London while illuminating the...
The "To Be, or Not to Be" Speech: Evidence, Conventional Wisdom, and the Editing of Hamlet
SUBSTANTIAL, conspicuous, and varied pieces of evidence demonstrate that Shakespeare designed the "To be, or not to be" speech to be perceived by experienced playgoers of his time as a feigned soliloquy. Plentiful evidence within the play implies that...
Tragicomic Redemptions: Global Economics and the Early Modern English Stage
Tragicomic Redemptions: Global Economics and the Early Modern English Stage, by Valerie Forman. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008, Pp. 288. Cloth $59.95.Many have affirmed Jameson's insight that geme is a "proto-politi cal act" that...
Work and Play on the Shakespearean Stage
Work and Play on the Shakespearean Stage, by Tom Rutter. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Pp. ? + 205. Hardcover $90.00.In the last twenty years or so, scholars have paid special attention to the business of playing in early modern England;...
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