Breaking Boundaries: Politics and Play in the Drama of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

1st Edition

Molly Smith

Routledge
Published September 18, 2018
Reference - 160 Pages
ISBN 9781138607439 - CAT# K388727
Series: Routledge Revivals

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Summary

First published in 1998, this volume explores the period 1585-1649, identifying it as rich in innovative drama which challenged the boundaries between social, political and cultural activities of various kinds. Molly Smith examines ways in which texts by Renaissance authors reflect, question and influence their society’s ideological concerns. In the drama of Kyd, Shakespeare, Beaumont and Fletcher, Webster, Middleton, Massinger and Ford, she identifies the simultaneously serious and playful appropriation of popular cultural practices, an appropriation which is expertly reversed by authorities in the political drama of Charles I’s public trial and execution in 1649. This compelling interpretation of Renaissance drama will prove of value to students of literature and social history.

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