Interludes and Early Modern Society: Studies in Gender, Power and Theatricality

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Peter Happé, Wim N. M. Hüsken
Rodopi, Jan 1, 2007 - Drama - 380 pages
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The essays in this collection, contributed by an internationally distinguished group of scholars, bring up to date many aspects of the criticism of the English Interludes. The development of these plays was a significant part of the history of the growth of English drama in the sixteenth century to the extent that they may be regarded as its main stream. Arising by means of a felicitous combination of the development of printing and the growth of a professional theatre, plays of this type quickly became a forum for the presentation and exploration of many contemporary themes. They became a useful means of disseminating a wide variety of opinions and public concerns as well as exhibiting at times the intellectual brilliance of the Renaissance. The essays here are concentrated upon power, particularly in its religious and political aspects, gender and theatricality. The political and religious upheavals of the Reformation under the Tudor monarchy form a background as well as a focus at times. In particular the position of women in sixteenth-century society is examined in essays on several plays. There is also discussion of the development of theatrical techniques as playwrights worked closely with small acting companies to reach a wide audience ranging from the royal court to the common streets. This was achieved, as a number of essays make clear, through a variety of entertaining theatrical devices.
 

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Contents

A Tentative Definition of the Interlude Genus
23
The Theatricality of Gender in the Tudor Interludes
43
Theatre Poetry Influence
71
Comic Treatment of Tragic Character in Godly Queen Hester
95
Godly Queen Hester and Katherine of Aragon
117
The Representation of Young Women in Some Early Tudor Interludes
141
The Wit Interludes
163
John Bale and Tragic Drama
191
Protest and Innovation in Lindsays Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis
211
Working Towards a Reformed Identity in Lindsays Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis
239
The Pammachius Affair at Christs College Cambridge in 1545
261
The Intertextual Game of Satire
291
Jack Juggler and Gammer Gurtons Needle
315
Mary Tudors Coronation and Respublica
331
Power and Theatricality in the Plays of William Wager
353
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