Art Made Tongue-tied by Authority: Elizabethan and Jacobean Dramatic Censorship

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Manchester University Press, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 242 pages
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In this work, Janet Clare maintains that to understand dramatic and theatrical censorship in the Renaissance we need to map its terrain, not its serial changes and examine the language through which it was articulated. In tracing the development of dramatic censorship from its origins in the suppression of the medieval religious drama to the end of the Jacobean period, she shows how the system of censorship which operated under Elizabeth I and James I was dynamic, unstable and unpredictable. The author questions notions which regard censorship as either consistently repressive or as irregular and negotiable, arguing that it was governed by the contingencies of the historical moment.
 

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Contents

The typography of censorship in the Renaissance
22
the censor and the history plays
45
the censorship of history
81
the drama and the
119
drama and censorship
173
Some conclusions
232
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Janet Clare is Professor of Renaissance Literature at the University of Hull and Director of the Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. She is the author of Art Made Tongue-Tied By Authority: Elizabethan and Jacobean Dramatic Censorship, Drama of the English Republic, 1649 1660 and Revenge Tragedies of the Renaissance. She has published many articles on Renaissance and early modern literature and drama, co-edited the Journal of Early Modern Studies 2 on Shakespeare and Early Modern Popular Culture and reviewed Shakespeare productions in Ireland for Shakespeare Survey.

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