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English Historical Drama, 1500-1660

Many readers today associate the early modern history play with Shakespeare. While not wishing to ignore the influence of Shakespeare, this collection of essays explores other historical drama between 1500 and 1660, covering a wide range of different formats. An introduction provides a survey of current criticism, exploring both early modern and contemporary definitions of the 'history play'. Individual essays in chronological order discuss a wide variety of possible sources for historical drama, ranging from oral traditions to chronicles. They also explore genres outside the canon which think of 'history' in different ways, such as shows, moralities and closet drama.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Introduction; T.Grant & B.Ravelhofer The Early Tudor History Play; J.Dillon The Reformation of History in John Bale's Biblical Dramas; A.W.Taylor Seneca and the Early Elizabethan History Play; M.Ullyot History in the Making: The Case of Samuel Rowley's When You See Me You Know Me (1604/5); T.Grant The Stage Historicizes the Turk: Convention and Contradiction in the Turkish History Play; M.Hutchings News Drama: The Tragic Subject of Charles I; B.Ravelhofer Index

About the Author

TERESA GRANT is Associate Professor in Renaissance Theatre and Director of Graduate Studies of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick, UK. She has published on early modern drama and literature, including recent essays in The Myth of Elizabeth (edited by Susan Doran and Thomas S. Freeman, 2004) and A Cultural History of Animals (edited by Linda Kalof and Brigitte Resl, 2007). BARBARA RAVELHOFER is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Durham and Research Associate at the Centre for History and Economics, University of Cambrid


' English Historical Drama illuminates the enduring link between history and drama in early modern society.' - John Ridpath, Times Literary Supplement

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