Religion and Drama in Early Modern England

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ISBN: 9781317068112
Release Date: 2016-04-08
Number of pages: 296
Author: Elizabeth Williamson
Publisher: Routledge

Download and read online Religion and Drama in Early Modern England in PDF and EPUB Offering fuller understandings of both dramatic representations and the complexities of religious culture, this collection reveals the ways in which religion and performance were inextricably linked in early modern England. Its readings extend beyond the interpretation of straightforward religious allusions and suggest new avenues for theorizing the dynamic relationship between religious representations and dramatic ones. By addressing the particular ways in which commercial drama adapted the sensory aspects of religious experience to its own symbolic systems, the volume enacts a methodological shift towards a more nuanced semiotics of theatrical performance. Covering plays by a wide range of dramatists, including Shakespeare, individual essays explore the material conditions of performance, the intricate resonances between dramatic performance and religious ceremonies, and the multiple valences of religious references in early modern plays. Additionally, Religion and Drama in Early Modern England reveals the theater's broad interpretation of post-Reformation Christian practice, as well as its engagement with the religions of Islam, Judaism and paganism.


Martyrs and Players in Early Modern England

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ISBN: 9781472428288
Release Date: 2014-07-28
Number of pages: 252
Author: Professor David K. Anderson
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Download and read online Martyrs and Players in Early Modern England in PDF and EPUB Focusing on Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, John Webster and John Milton, Martyrs and Players in Early Modern England argues that the English tragedians reflected an unease within the culture to acts of religious violence. David Anderson explores a link between the unstable emotional response of society to religious executions in the Tudor-Stuart period, and the revival of tragic drama as a major cultural form for the first time since classical antiquity.


Is this Your Manly Service

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ISBN: OCLC:758840683
Release Date: 2011
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Author: Thomas Joseph Moretti
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The Drama of Coronation

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ISBN: 9781139474665
Release Date: 2008-09-25
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Author: Alice Hunt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online The Drama of Coronation in PDF and EPUB The coronation was, and perhaps still is, one of the most important ceremonies of a monarch's reign. This book examines the five coronations that took place in England between 1509 and 1559. It considers how the sacred rite and its related ceremonies and pageants responded to monarchical and religious change, and charts how they were interpreted by contemporary observers. Hunt challenges the popular position that has conflated royal ceremony with political propaganda and argues for a deeper understanding of the symbolic complexity of ceremony. At the heart of the study is an investigation into the vexed issues of legitimacy and representation which leads Hunt to identify the emergence of an important and fruitful exchange between ceremony and drama. This exchange will have significant implications for our understanding both of the period's theatre and of the cultural effects of the Protestant Reformation.


Theatre and Religion

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ISBN: 0719063639
Release Date: 2003
Number of pages: 267
Author: Richard Dutton
Publisher: Manchester University Press

Download and read online Theatre and Religion in PDF and EPUB This important collection of essays focuses on the place of Roman Catholicism in early modern England, bringing new perspectives to bear on the question of whether Shakespeare himself was Catholic. Among the many topics discussed are the nature of Elizabethan Catholicism, Jesuit drama in the period, individual plays in the light of these questions, and the possible influence of religious conflicts on the publication of the Shakespeare First Folio.


Early Modern Academic Drama

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ISBN: 9781351942461
Release Date: 2016-12-05
Number of pages: 222
Author: Paul D. Streufert
Publisher: Routledge

Download and read online Early Modern Academic Drama in PDF and EPUB In this essay collection, the contributors contend that academic drama represents an important, but heretofore understudied, site of cultural production in early modern England. Focusing on plays that were written and performed in academic environments such as Oxford University, Cambridge University, grammar schools, and the Inns of Court, the scholars investigate how those plays strive to give dramatic coherence to issues of religion, politics, gender, pedagogy, education, and economics. Of particular significance are the shifting political and religious contentions that so frequently shaped both the cultural questions addressed by the plays, and the sorts of dramatic stories that were most conducive to the exploration of such questions. The volume argues that the writing and performance of academic drama constitute important moments in the history of education and the theater because, in these plays, narrative is consciously put to work as both a representation of, and an exercise in, knowledge formation. The plays discussed speak to numerous segments of early modern culture, including the relationship between the academy and the state, the tensions between humanism and religious reform, the successes and failures of the humanist program, the social profits and economic liabilities of formal education, and the increasing involvement of universities in the commercial market, among other issues.


The Materiality of Religion in Early Modern English Drama

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ISBN: 9781317024439
Release Date: 2016-03-03
Number of pages: 242
Author: Elizabeth Williamson
Publisher: Routledge

Download and read online The Materiality of Religion in Early Modern English Drama in PDF and EPUB The Materiality of Religion in Early Modern English Drama is the first book to present a detailed examination of early modern theatrical properties informed by the complexity of post-Reformation religious practice. Although English Protestant reformers set out to destroy all vestiges of Catholic idolatry, public theater companies frequently used stage properties to draw attention to the remnants of traditional religion as well as the persistent materiality of post-Reformation worship. The Materiality of Religion in Early Modern English Drama explores the relationship between popular culture and theatrical performance by considering the social history and dramatic function of these properties, addressing their role as objects of devotion, idolatry, and remembrance on the professional stage. Rather than being aligned with identifiably Catholic or Protestant values, the author reveals how religious stage properties functioned as fulcrums around which more subtle debates about the status of Christian worship played out. Given the relative lack of existing documentation on stage properties, The Materiality of Religion in Early Modern English Drama employs a wide range of source materials-including inventories published in the Records of Early English Drama (REED) volumes-to account for the material presence of these objects on the public stage. By combining historical research on popular religion with detailed readings of the scripts themselves, the book fills a gap in our knowledge about the physical qualities of the stage properties used in early modern productions. Tracing the theater's appropriation of highly charged religious properties, The Materiality of Religion in Early Modern English Drama provides a new framework for understanding the canonization of early modern plays, especially those of Shakespeare.


Forms of Faith

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ISBN: 9781526107169
Release Date: 2017-04-24
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Author: Jonathan Baldo
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Download and read online Forms of Faith in PDF and EPUB This collection of essays by distinguished international scholars explores the role of literature as a means of mediating religious conflict in early modern England. Marking a new stage in the 'religious turn' that generated vigorous discussion of the changes and conflicts brought about by the Reformation, it unites new historicist readings with an interest in the ideological significance of aesthetic form. It proceeds from the assumption that confessional differences did not always erupt into hostilities but that people also had to arrange themselves somehow with divided loyalties between the old faith and the new, between religious and secular interests, between officially sanctioned and privately held beliefs. What role might literature have played in these efforts? Can we conceive of literary representations as possible sites of de-escalation? Do different discursive, aesthetic, or social contexts inflect or even deflect the demands of religious loyalties? Pursuing such questions, this collection open a new perspective on post-Reformation English culture and literature.


Alien Albion

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ISBN: 9781442647190
Release Date: 2014-09-30
Number of pages: 304
Author: Scott Oldenburg
Publisher: University of Toronto Press

Download and read online Alien Albion in PDF and EPUB Using both canonical and underappreciated texts, Alien Albion argues that early modern England was far less unified and xenophobic than literary critics have previously suggested. Juxtaposing literary texts from the period with legal, religious, and economic documents, Scott Oldenburg uncovers how immigrants to England forged ties with their English hosts and how those relationships were reflected in literature that imagined inclusive, multicultural communities. Through discussions of civic pageantry, the plays of dramatists including William Shakespeare, Thomas Dekker, and Thomas Middleton, the poetry of Anne Dowriche, and the prose of Thomas Deloney, Alien Albion challenges assumptions about the origins of English national identity and the importance of religious, class, and local identities in the early modern era.


Protestantism and Drama in Early Modern England

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ISBN: 9780521760171
Release Date: 2009-09-24
Number of pages: 298
Author: Adrian Streete
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online Protestantism and Drama in Early Modern England in PDF and EPUB This book provides a reassessment of the relationship between Reformed theology and early modern literature, with analysis of key writers and thinkers.


Inventing Polemic

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ISBN: 9780521838542
Release Date: 2006-03-30
Number of pages: 324
Author: Jesse M. Lander
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online Inventing Polemic in PDF and EPUB Inventing Polemic examines the ways in which the new technology of print and Reformation polemic together dramatically transformed the literary culture of early modern England. Bringing together important work in two distinct areas, the history of the book and the history of religion, it gives an innovative account of the formation of literary culture in Tudor-Stuart England. Each of the central chapters of the book focuses on specific publishing events: Foxe's Actes and Monuments, the Marprelate pamphlets, the first two quartos of Hamlet, Donne's Pseudo-Martyr and The Anatomy of the World, and Milton's Areopagitica. Lander also considers the way in which subsequent understandings of literature and the literary were shaped by a conscious and conspicuous rejection of polemic. This study is an important reconsideration of some of the most influential texts of early modern England, focusing on their relation to the charged religious environment as it is reflected in and shaped by the products of the emergent book trade.


Shakespeare and Early Modern Religion

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ISBN: 9781107026612
Release Date: 2015-01-22
Number of pages: 330
Author: David Loewenstein
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online Shakespeare and Early Modern Religion in PDF and EPUB This volume freshly illuminates the diversity of early modern religious beliefs, practices and issues, and their representation in Shakespeare's plays.


The Idolatrous Eye

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ISBN: 0195344022
Release Date: 2000-01-13
Number of pages: 208
Author: Michael O'Connell
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Download and read online The Idolatrous Eye in PDF and EPUB This study argues that the century after the Reformation saw a crisis in the way that Europeans expressed their religious experience. Focusing specifically on how this crisis affected the drama of England, O'Connell shows that Reformation culture was preoccupied with idolatry and that the theater was frequently attacked as idolatrous. This anti-theatricalism notably targeted the traditional cycles of mystery plays--a type of vernacular, popular biblical theater that from a modern perspective would seem ideally suited to advance the Reformation project. The Idolatrous Eye provides a wide perspective on iconoclasm in the sixteenth century, and in so doing, helps us to understand why this biblical theater was found transgressive and what this meant for the secular theater that followed.


Protestantism and Drama in Early Modern England

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ISBN: 9780521760171
Release Date: 2009-09-24
Number of pages: 298
Author: Adrian Streete
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online Protestantism and Drama in Early Modern England in PDF and EPUB This book provides a reassessment of the relationship between Reformed theology and early modern literature, with analysis of key writers and thinkers.


Mind Travelling and Voyage Drama in Early Modern England

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ISBN: 9781137035363
Release Date: 2012-12-15
Number of pages: 236
Author: D. McInnis
Publisher: Springer

Download and read online Mind Travelling and Voyage Drama in Early Modern England in PDF and EPUB Drawing on a wide range of drama from across the seventeenth century, including works by Marlowe, Heywood, Jonson, Brome, Davenant, Dryden and Behn, this book situates voyage drama in its historical and intellectual context between the individual act of reading in early modern England and the communal act of modern sightseeing.