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English Renaissance Drama

Wiley Blackwell Guides to Literature

by Peter Womack


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The book considers the London theatrical culture which took shape in the 1570s and came to an end in 1642.

  • Places emphasis on those plays that are readily available in modern editions and can sometimes to be seen in modern productions, including Shakespeare.
  • Provides students with the historical, literary and theatrical contexts they need to make sense of Renaissance drama.
  • Includes a series of short biographies of playwrights during this period.
  • Features close analyses of more than 20 plays, each of which draws attention to what makes a particular play interesting and identifies relevant critical questions.
  • Examines early modern drama in terms of its characteristic actions, such as cuckolding, flattering, swaggering, going mad, and rising from the dead.

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Peter Womack (Author)

Peter Womack is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of East Anglia. He is the co-author of English Drama: A Cultural History (Blackwell Publishing, 1996), and the author of Improvement and Romance: Constructing the Myth of the Highlands (...

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