Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England

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Articles from Vol. 29, 2016

A Jacobean Company and Its Playhouse: The Queen's Servants at the Red Bull Theatre (C. 1605-1619)
A Jacobean Company and its Playhouse: The Queen's Servants at the Red Bull Theatre (c. 1605-1619), by Eva Griffith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. xiii + 305. Hardback, $99.00This repertory study of the Queen's Servants is immensely...
"All Our Lives upon Ones Lippes Depend": Caesar as a Tyrant in William Alexander's Julius Caesar *
PrologueFlRST published in London in 1607 together with Darius (1603), Croesus (1604), and The Alexandrean as one of The Monarchicke Tragedies, only in recent years has William Alexander's Julius Caesar eventually enjoyed due scholarly attention.1 Nonetheless,...
An Argument for Slavery in Robert Greene's Adaptation of Ariosto's Orlando Furioso
ArIOSTO's Orlando Furioso (1516) was one of sixteenth-century Italy's most popular pieces of literature, so much so that it was re-written in both 1521 and 1532 with each of these versions undergoing numerous printings. Not only was it a literary masterpiece...
Archaic Style in English Literature, 1590-1674
Archaic Style in English Literature, 1590-1674, by Lucy Munro. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. xii + 308. Cloth. $99.00"Make it old!" So might the battle cry of the early modern have sounded if sixteenth-century London had harbored an...
A Tragedy of Oversight: Visual Praxis in Christopher Marlowe's Dido, Queen of Carthage
IntroductionIn a recent article, Efterpi Mitsi has reflected on Aeneas' encounter with a statue of Priam in act 2 scene 1 of Christopher Marlowe's play, Dido, Queen of Carthage (written between 1585 and 1586, first performed between 1587 and 1593).1...
Dumb Shows in Performance on the Early Modern Stage
THE dumb show is a reminder that early modern plays are products and relics of a theatrical milieu very different from our own. Perhaps this is one reason why dumb shows have received very little critical attention. But as extended action without dialogue...
Friendship in Marlowe's Dr. Faustus and the Jew of Malta
THE record of Marlowe's friendships stands out in the relative paucity of information about the playwright. In 1595, "when things were at a low ebb for [Thomas] Nashe, he recalled 'poor deceased Kit Marlow' as among 'my frends that used me like a frend.'...
Martyrs and Players in Early Modern England: Tragedy, Religion and Violence on Stage
Martyrs and Players in Early Modern England: Tragedy, Religion and Violence on Stage, by David K. Anderson. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2014. Pp. x +241. Cloth. $109.95Martyrs and Players in Early Modern England: Tragedy, Religion and...
Mythologies of the Prophet Muhammed in Early Modern English Culture
Mythologies of the Prophet Muhammed in Early Modern English Culture, by Matthew Dimmock. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. xvi + 291. Hardback. $104.99In this impressive volume Matthew Dimmock extends recent scholarly work on early modern...
Reformations of the Body: Idolatry, Sacrifice, and Early Modern Theater
Reformations of the Body: Idolatry, Sacrifice, and Early Modern Theater, by Jennifer Waldron. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Pp. 316. Hardcover. $95.00A longstanding, critical religious paradox of the early modern stage is this: the Protestant Reformist...
The Laws of Candy: Who Was Ford's Collaborator?
JOHN Ford, a Carolinian playwright, is best known as the author of the macabre tragedy 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. His extant list of works is not long, and The Laws of Candy (LC) initially published in the first Beaumont and Fletcher's folio of 1647 is...
The Queen's Dumbshows: John Lydgate and the Making of Early Theater
The Queen's Dumbshows: John Lydgate and the Making of Early Theater, by Claire Sponsler. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. Pp. vii + 308. Cloth. $65.00The title of this richly detailed book gives only the slightest hint of its vast...
"To Stirre VP Liuing Mens Minds to the like Good": Robert Armin, John in the Hospital, and the Representation of Poverty
ONE of the most frequently reproduced images of the early modern theater is the woodcut of Robert Armin that appears on the title page of Armin's play, The Two Maids of More-clacke.1 The woodcut typically accompanies commentary on Armin's portrayal of...
Unheard Harmonies: The Merchant of Venice and the Lost Play of Pythagoras
Playwrights were concerned with company loyalty, parody, and imitation, and above all with fashion and box-office receipts. They studied the successes of rivals.-Park Honan, Shakespeare: A LifeIn Playing Companies and Commerce in Shakespeare's Time,...
Wooden Os: Shakespeare's Theatres and England's Trees
Wooden Os: Shakespeare's Theatres and England's Trees, by Vin Nardizzi. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. Pp. xii + 205. Hardback $60.00The recent turn toward elemental and material approaches to ecocriticism has yielded forays into underexplored...
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