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Mastering the Revels : The Regulation and Censorship of English Renaissance Drama - Richard Dutton

Mastering the Revels

The Regulation and Censorship of English Renaissance Drama

Hardcover Published: 2nd October 1991
ISBN: 9780333453711
Number Of Pages: 305

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This book offers a detailed reconsideration of the regulation of English Renaissance drama. It is the first study to approach the issue through the role of the Masters of the Revels, who censored most late Tudor and early Stuart plays, relating the control they exercised over the actors to the political context of the court office they themselves held. Four men - Edmond Tilney, Sir George Buc, Sir John Astley and Sir Henry Herbert - held the post during the period when Lyly, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson, Marston, Middleton, Fletcher and Massinger flourished. Richard Dutton argues that their relationship to the patronage pressures and power politics of the court conditioned the way they "perused" and "allowed" the plays brought before them, allowing for a more sympathetic and accommodating censorship about contentious matters than earlier accounts have assumed. This has implications for any historical reading of these plays, since it clarifies the terms on which the actors were permitted to be, in Hamlet's words, "the abstracts and brief chronicles of the time", and so to comment on matters of topical interest.

Preface and Acknowledgements - Abbreviations and Citations - Introduction - Country and Court, A System of Control Emerges, 1549-79 - Tilney, Patronage and Profit, 1579-89 - Martin Marprelate, Sir Thomas More, Marlowe, 1589-93 - Theatrical Authority in the Later 1590s - Essex and the Limits of Toleration, 1600-03 - Questions of Authority I: From Tilney to Buc, 1603-10 - The Question of Authority II: The Boy Companies 1604-10 - Sir George Buc, 1610-22 - Pembroke, Astley, Herbert, 1622-26 - Bibliography, Notes and Index

ISBN: 9780333453711
ISBN-10: 0333453719
Series: Regulation and Censorship of English Renaissance Drama
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 305
Published: 2nd October 1991
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 21.59
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 2