Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England

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

Articles from Vol. 30, 2017

A City of Stages
A City of Stages Records of Early English Drama: Civic London to 1558, ed. Anne Lancashire, with David J. Parkinson (Cambridge, England: D. S. Brewer, 2015), 3 vols., 1590pp., $340.Long before there was a Theatre in Shoreditch, plays were being staged...
Bloodlines and Blood Spilt: Historical Retelling and the Rhetoric of Sovereignty in Shakespeare's First Tetralogy
And some doe make of so much asmuch, as true Philosophers and Hystoriographers, vvhose office is to tell things as they vvere done vvithout either augmenting or diminishing them, or svvaruing one iote from the truth. VVhereby it apeareth that the hystoriographers...
Constructing the Canon of Early Modern Drama
Constructing the Canon of Early Modern Drama, by Jeremy Lopez. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp. xii + 231. Hardcover. $99.99.In this fascinating book, Jeremy Lopez maintains that an overhaul of the canon of early modern drama is now long...
Facing Shakespeare: The Martin Droeshout Engraving
a huge head, placed against a starched ruff, surmounts an absurdly small tunic with oversized shoulder-wings. . . . The mouth is too far to the right, the left eye lower and larger than the right, the hair on the two sides fails to balance. Light comes...
Foreword
MaRDiE 30, an anniversary volume, represents the kinds of scholarly research for which this journal has been known during its three decades of publication. Here, authors focus on literary criticism, textual history, performance studies, and theatre history,...
Geoparsing Early Modern English Drama
Geoparsing Early Modern English Drama, by Monica Matei-Chesnoiu. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Pp. xvii + 245. Hardcover. $95.00. Reviewer: D. K. SmithFor more than twenty years critics have been examining the diverse ways in which new cartographic...
Hamlet after Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text
Hamlet After Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text, by Zachary Lesser. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. Pp xii + 292. Cloth. $59.95.Zachary Lesser has written an important work about scholarly evidence and scholarship's...
Henry Chettle, Workaday Playwright
Henry Chettle, who wrote part or all of more than forty-eight plays from the 1590s into the early 1600s, has long been considered an exemplar of the workaday playwright in the employ of companies at the Rose and Fortune playhouses. The label, however,...
"I Do Understand Your Inside": The Animal beneath the Skin in Webster's Duchess of Malfi
'Webster's Duchess ofMalfi teems with animals-that is, with figurative references to animals. Throughout the play, the behaviors of characters are expressed through animal metaphors, similes, and imagery. In the first scene, Bosola reflects, "blackbirds...
Middleton and Rowley: Forms of Collaboration in the Jacobean Playhouse
Middleton and Rowley: Forms of Collaboration in the Jacobean Playhouse, by David Nicol. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. Pp. xii + 228. Cloth. $50.00.Middleton and Rowley, an important contribution to the study of early modern dramatic collaboration,...
Philip Henslowe's Artificial Cow
All scholars of early modern theater history know Philip Henslowe's "Enventary tacken of all the properties for my Lord Admeralles men, the 10 of Marche 1598".1 This wonderfully evocative and much-discussed list of stage properties includes several objects...
Profit and Pleasure in Tourneur's "The Atheist's Tragedy"
In the Ars Poetica, Horace famously prescribes mixing profit and pleasure in his formula for poetic success. Though he makes a distinction between the two-to quote Ben Jonson's translation of the poem, "Poets would either profit or delight"-he proposes...
"Republicans" Behaving Badly: Anachronism, Monarchy, and the English Imperial Model in Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra
Early Modern England's view of itself as inheritor of the Roman imperial tradition is made problematic by certain fundamental incongruities. In the period between the Roman Empire and the burgeoning Renaissance English one, Christianity dogmatically...
Robert Daborne's Irish Critic
Robert Daborne's two surviving plays have each gained a recent edition.1 Despite the points of interest that this small corpus possesses, Daborne's place in theater history principally derives from what we know about his life. He was a patentee of the...
Sensory Experience and the Metropolis on the Jacobean Stage (1603-1625)
Sensory Experience and the Metropolis on the Jacobean Stage (1603-1625), by Hristomir A. Stanev. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014. Pp. x + 213. Hardcover. $149.95. Reviewer: Mark BayerWhat was it really like to live in early modern London or to attend a play at...
Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood
Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood, by Deanne Williams. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Pp. xi + 277. Hardcover. $105.00. Reviewer: Rachel PruskoWilliams' book emerges as an original and engaging contribution to the current critical conversation...
Shakespeare, Revenge Tragedy and Early Modern Law: Vindictive Justice
Shakespeare, Revenge Tragedy and Early Modern Law: Vindictive Justice, by Derek Dunne. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016. Pp. ix + 229. Hardcover. $95.00.In his legally grounded monograph, Derek Dunne upends some of scholars' longstanding assumptions...
Shakespeare's Nature: From Cultivation to Culture
Shakespeare's Nature: From Cultivation to Culture, by Charlotte Scott. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. 272. Hardcover. $81.00Charlotte Scott's rich and intricately thought Shakespeare's Nature: From Cultivation to Culture undertakes what would...
Shapiro's Shakespeare Redivivus
Shapiro's Shakespeare Redivivus The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, by James Shapiro. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015. Pp. xii + 367. Hardback $30.00; Paperback $18.00.James Shapiro has done it again. The antecedent of the impersonal pronoun...
Staging Women and the Soul-Body Dynamic in Early Modern England
Staging Women and the Soul-Body Dynamic in Early Modern England, by Sarah E. Johnson. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014. Pp. xiii + 185. Hardback. $119.96. Reviewer: Sara D. LuttfringSarah E. Johnson's intriguing and carefully argued book works to expand our understanding...
"The Boy That I Gave Falstaff": The Page Boy and Early Modern Manhood in 2 Henry IV and Henry V
Much of the early feminist scholarship on Shakespeare encouraged readers and audiences to (re)consider whether the heroic conventions and ideals in the drama were to be admired or repudiated.1 Recognizing how frequently the heroic status of male protagonists...
The Circulation of Power in Medieval Biblical Drama
The Circulation of Power in Medieval Biblical Drama, by Robert S. Sturges. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Pp. xvi + 230. Hardcover. $95.00.Can medieval English dramatic works, based as they are on biblical stories and offering promises of eternal...
The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare
The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare. By Steven Mullaney. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015. Cloth. $35.00. Reviewer: James KearneySteven Mullaney's The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare begins with the carting...
Vision and Audience in Medieval Drama: A Study of "The Castle of Perseverance"
Vision and Audience in Medieval Drama: A Study of The Castle of Perseverance, by Andrea Louise Young. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Pp. xvii + 228. Hardcover. $95.00.In this engaging study of the early fifteenth-century morality play, The Castle...
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