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Theatre and Humanism : English Drama in the Sixteenth Century - Kent Cartwright

Theatre and Humanism

English Drama in the Sixteenth Century

Hardcover Published: 13th October 1999
ISBN: 9780521640756
Number Of Pages: 332

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English drama at the beginning of the sixteenth century was allegorical, didactic and moralistic; but by the end of the century theatre was censured as emotional and even immoral. How could such a change occur? Kent Cartwright suggests that some theories of early Renaissance theatre - particularly the theory that Elizabethan plays are best seen in the tradition of morality drama - need to be reconsidered. He proposes instead that humanist drama of the sixteenth century is theatrically exciting - rather than literary, elitist and dull as it has often been seen - and socially significant, and he attempts to integrate popular and humanist values rather than setting them against each other. Taking as examples the plays of Marlowe, Heywood, Lyly and Greene, as well as many by lesser-known dramatists, the book demonstrates the contribution of humanist drama to the theatrical vitality of the sixteenth century.

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'... Cartwright's fundamental reassessment of the roots of Renaissance drama is absorbing to read and compelling in its argument ... In painstaking historical detail, in close textual observation, in imagined performative spectacle, Cartwright's view is not only modifying and corrective. It is seminal.' Arthur F. Kinney, Shakespeare Quarterly

The humanism of acting: John Heywood's The Foure PP
Wit and Science and the dramaturgy of learning
Playing against type: Gammer Gurton's Needle
Time, tyranny and suspense in political drama of the 1560s
Humanism and the dramatizing of women
The confusions of Gallathea: John Lyly as popular dramatist
Bearing witness to Tamburlaine, Part 1
Robert Greene's Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay: the commonwealth at the present moment
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ISBN: 9780521640756
ISBN-10: 052164075X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 13th October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.48