English Renaissance Drama

English Renaissance Drama

Editor(s): Peter Womack

Published Online: 1 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9780631226291

Online ISBN: 9780470690093

DOI: 10.1002/9780470690093

About this Book

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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