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Puritanism and Theatre : Past and Present Publications - Margot Heinemann

Puritanism and Theatre

Past and Present Publications

Paperback Published: 6th December 1982
ISBN: 9780521270526
Number Of Pages: 312

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The closing of the theatres by Parliament in 1642 is perhaps the best-known fact in the history of English drama. As the Parliamentary Puritans were then in power, it is easy to assume that all opponents of the theatre were Puritans, and that all Puritans were hostile to the drama. The reality was more interesting and more complicated. Margot Heinemann looks at Thomas Middleton's work in relation to the society and social movements of his time, and traces the connections this work may have had with radical, Parliamentarian or Puritan groups or movements. In the light of the recent work of seventeenth-century historians we can no longer see these complex opposition movements as uniformly anti-theatre or anti-dramatist. The book suggests fresh meanings and implications in Middleton's own writings, and helps towards rethinking the place of drama in the changing life of early Stuart England.

Industry Reviews

'! a closely-argued, well-written, and meticulously documented book. Its stregths are too many to be properly credited here. Suffice it to say that it will richly repay the attention of anyone interested in Middleton and his period.' Notes and Queries 'Margot Heinemann's study is original in conception and efficiently argued, and its conclusions ! suggest the necessity of modifying views which are still prevalent. The effect of this study on one's view of Middleton is like that of seeing a familiar picture which has been cleaned.' Times Higher Education Supplement '! a most important book ! [It] should transform our appreciation of the greatest dramatist among Shakespeare's successors, thanks to its solid historical foundation ! Puritanism and Theatre will make all who read it seriously rethink the cultural history of early seventeenth-century England.' Christopher Hill, Literature in History

Introductory note
Time and place
Puritanism, censorship and opposition to the theatre
Middleton as satirical journalist
Early satirical comedies
How anti-Puritan are Middleton's city comedies?
Money and morals in Middleton's city comedies
Middle years: tragi-comedy and moral comedy
City employments
Hard times and Hengist, King of Kent
Political satire: A Game at Chess
City tragedy
Drama and opposition, 1619G++1640
From popular drama to leveller style: a postscript
Middleton's parliamentary Puritan patrons
a note on authorship
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521270526
ISBN-10: 0521270529
Series: Past and Present Publications
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 6th December 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.4