Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England

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Articles from Vol. 22, 2009

"A Fine and Private Place": Chapman's Theatrical Widow
I.MARVELL underestimates the amorous imagination when he says that "the grave's a fine and private place, / But none ... do there embrace." In Bartholomew Fair Quarlous argues almost the opposite, that suitors must "visit [a widow] as thou wouldst doe...
Alice Layston and the Cross Keys
UNTIL very recently, the four London inns that served as playhouses in the last quarter of the sixteenth century - the Bell Savage on Ludgate Hill, the Bull in Bishopsgate Street, and the Bell and the Cross Keys in Gracechurch Street - have been sadly...
Children of the Queen's Revels: A Jacobean Theatre Repertory
Children of the Queen's Revels: A Jacobean Theatre Repertory, by Lucy Munro. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Pp. 267 + xiii. Cloth $96.00.Reviewer: Mary BlyI just finished re-reading every bit of scholarship about boy theater companies that...
Cosmetics in Shakespearean and Renaissance Drama
Cosmetics in Shakespearean and Renaissance Drama, by Farah KarimCooper. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006. Pp. ? + 221, 17 iU. Hardback £ 50.00.Reviewer: FRANCES TEAGUEFrom Farah Karim-Cooper's study of cosmetics in the early modem period,...
Drama at the Courts of Queen Henrietta Maria
Drama at the Courts of Queen Henrietta Maria, by Karen Britland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Pp. ix + 292. Cloth $96.00.Reviewer: SUZANNE GOSSETTKaren Britland' s Drama at the Courts of Queen Henrietta Maria is an admirable work, revisionist...
Dux Moraud: Criminality and Salvation in an East Anglian Play
ONE of the most intriguing among the handful of extant fragments of medieval British drama included in Norman Davis's Early English Text Society edition of Non-Cycle Plays and Fragments is Dux Moraud, a 265-line item contained in Bodleian Library MS....
Locating Privacy in Tudor London
Locating Privacy in Tudor London, by Lena Orlin. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Pp. 392. Hardback $99.00.Reviewer: AMY SMITHLena Cowen Orlin' s Locating Privacy in Tudor London gracefully and convincingly challenges what have become commonplace...
Love and Conflict in Medieval Drama: The Plays and Their Legacy
Love and Conflict in Medieval Drama: The Plays and Their Legacy, by Lynette R. Muir. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Pp. xv + 294. Cloth $96.00.Reviewer: CHET SCOVILLELike Lynette Muir' s Biblical Drama of Medieval Europe (Cambridge, 1995),...
My Magic Can Lick Your Magic
THIS is an inquiry into a certain kind of episode found in earlier literature that I call the "magic contest" because it centers on a confrontation between two people (or sometimes between one person and a group) in which each side makes use of or calls...
Orange-Women, Female Spectators, and Roaring Girls: Women and Theater in Early Modern England
AT the beginning of Ben Jonson's Epicene (1609) Morose's friends discuss how sensitive he is to noise, in particular, the cries of "fishwives and orangewomen."1 In a play that satirizes women, and particularly vocal ones, the inclusion of these street...
Playing in the Provinces: Front or Back Door?
JjECAUSE it cast the mold for centuries of perceptions about provincial playing, an excerpt from the June 29, 1572, "Acte for the punishement of Vacabondes and for Releif of the Poore & Impotent" is worth repeating, yet again, as a headpiece to this...
Puritanism and the Closing of the Theaters in 1642
UNTIL comparatively recently, the stock assumption of literary historians was that in the later sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries there was an intense mutual antipathy and hostility between Puritanism and the stage. Puritans regarded theaters...
Reading the Jewish Woman on the Elizabethan Stage
Reading the Jewish Woman on the Elizabethan Stage, by Michelle Ephraim. Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2008. Pp. xi + 179. Cloth, $99.95.Reviewer: MATTHEW BIBERMANIn 1996, James Shapiro wrote that literary critics of the English Renaissance had "rediscovered...
Revenge Tragedy and the Drama of Commemoration in Reforming England
Revenge Tragedy and the Drama of Commemoration in Reforming England, by Timothy Rist. Aldershot, U.K. and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. Pp. 165. Hardback $89.95.Reviewer: THOMAS P. ANDERSONTimothy Rist' s study of Jacobean revenge tragedy...
Sacred Players: The Politics of Response in the Middle English Religious Drama
Sacred Players: The Politics of Response in the Middle English Religious Drama, by Heather Hill-Vásquez. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2007. Pp. vii + 229. Cloth $59.95.Reviewer: ANDREA R. HARBINHeather Hill-Vásquez in Sacred...
Shakespeare in Parts
Shakespeare in Parts, by Simon Palfrey and Tiffany Stem. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Pp. 545. Hardback $45.00.Reviewer: Melissa AaronShakespeare in Parts, which is focused on the "part" or separate written text for the individual actor, sets...
Shakespeare's Modern Collaborators
Shakespeare's Modern Collaborators, by Lukas Eme. In Shakespeare NOW! Series, edited by Simon Palfrey and Ewan Fernie. New York and London: Continuum, 2008. Pp. 129. Hardcover $90.00, Paperback $19.95.Reviewer: Robert E. SttjllmanIf every authence is...
Teaching with the Records of Early English Drama
Teaching with the Records of Early English Drama, edited by Elza C. Tiner. Toronto, Buffalo and London: University of Toronto Press, 2006. Pp. xxvii + 238. Cloth $75.00.Reviewer: Roslyn L. KnutsonAt the University of Arkansas at Little Rock library,...
Textual Patronage in English Drama, 1570-1640
Textual Patronage in English Drama, 1570-1640, by David M. Bergeron. Aldershot, England and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate Press, 2006. Pp. vii + 247. Cloth $110.00.Reviewer: ALISON V. SCOTDavid M. Bergeron's book provides Renaissance scholars with a long...
"That Which Marreth All": Constancy and Gender in the Virtuous Octavia
IN his study of the influence of French Senecanism on the drama of the Pembroke circle, A. M. Witherspoon effectively dismisses Samuel Brandon's 1598 closet drama, The Virtuous Octavia. Calüng it "a servile imitation of [Samuel Daniel's] Cleopatra"1...
The Early Stuart Masque: Dance, Costume, and Music
The Early Stuart Masque: Dance, Costume, and Music, by Barbara Ravelhofer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Pp. xvi + 318 + 3 plates + 23 figures. Cloth $125.00.Reviewer: Timothy RaylorThe early Stuart masque was a multimedia spectacle: a rich...
The Invention of Suspicion: Law and Mimesis in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama
The Invention of Suspicion: Law and Mimesis in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama, by Loma Hutson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Pp. ? + 382. Hardback $99.00.Reviewer: DEBORA K. SHUGERThe Invention of Suspicion is a brilliantly suggestive study...
The Merry Tanner, the Mayor's Feast, and the King's Mistress: Thomas Heywood's 1 Edward IV and the Ballad Tradition
ALTHOUGH Thomas Heywood's The First and Second Parts of King Edward the Fourth (1599) are nominally chronicle history plays, Heywood often seems to stretch the definition of history to the breaking point. The play's title page, which promises to present...
The Third Citizen: Shakespeare's Theater and the Early Modern House of Commons
The Third Citizen: Shakespeare's Theater and the Early Modern House of Commons, by Oliver Arnold. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. Pp. xii + 308 pp. Cloth $55.00.Reviewer: CHRIS FITTERLike obsessive paparazzi squinting down narrow lenses...
Treason by Words: Literature, Law, and Rebellion in Shakespeare's England
Treason by Words: Literature, Law, and Rebellion in Shakespeare's England, by Rebecca Lemon. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006. Pp. 256. Cloth $45.00.Reviewer: DENNIS KEZARTo mangle Stein on Oakland, there is not always much there here. Rebecca...
Voice in Motion: Staging Gender, Shaping Sound in Early Modern England
Voice in Motion: Staging Gender, Shaping Sound in Early Modern England, by Gina Bloom. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007. Pp. 277. Cloth: $59.95.Reviewer: Genevieve LoveGina Bloom's Voice in Motion takes the movement of the voice -...
Women on Stage in Stuart Drama
Women on Stage in Stuart Drama, by Sophie TomUnson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 2005. Pp. xii + 308. Cloth $96.00.Reviewer: KAREN RABERFor so many years, scholars of English Renaissance drama accepted the proposition that no women performed...
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