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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Jacobean Drama

ISBN 9780230008151
Publication Date August 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism

The plays of Shakespeare's contemporaries are increasingly popular thanks to a spate of recent stage and screen productions and to courses that set Shakespeare's plays in context. This Reader's Guide introduces students to the criticism and debates that are specific to the drama of playwrights such as Jonson, Middleton, Dekker and Webster. Pascale Aebischer explores recent critical developments in key areas including:

• how the plays were staged and printed
• innovative editions of plays
• how the plays represent and contest the dominant ideologies of the Jacobean period
• dramatic genres
• the representation of the human body and of social, gender and race relations
• modern productions on stage and screen.

Featuring suggestions for further research and reading, and a filmography of commercially available film versions of non-Shakespearean drama, this is an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in the diverse plays of the Jacobean age.

PASCALE AEBISCHER is Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Studies at the University of Exeter, UK. Her previous publications include Shakespeare's Violated Bodies: Stage and Screen Performance (Cambridge, 2004) and the co-edited volume Remaking Shakespeare: Performance Across Media, Genres and Cultures (Palgrave, 2003).

The Critical Trail Early Views to the Twentieth Century
Theatre History
Textual Transmission
Historical Contexts
The Genres of Jacobean Drama
Body and Race Scholarship
Gender and Sexuality
Performance Studies
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'An excellent account of the historical and current trends in Jacobean drama criticism.' - Mario DiGangi, City University of New York, USA
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