Banquets Set Forth: Banqueting in English Renaissance Drama

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Manchester University Press, 2001 - Drama - 257 pages
Banquets proved an enduring setting in which to play out crucial and compelling sections of 99 surviving plays written between 1585 and 1642. Food, sex and revenge; food, drink and violent disorder; food, harmony and reconciliation; food, flattery and self-fashioning; arresting combinations which early modern banquets on stage contrived to present.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Tudor and Stuart banquets and banqueting practice
8
Some literary and cultural sources
22
The staging of banquet scenes
36
The stage presentation of foodstuffs
59
The Elizabethan foundation
70
Hey wood and others
104
Mainly Middleton
134
Fletcher and company
161
More in custom than in cause?
200
A complete chronological list of plays
240
Bibliography
247
Index
253
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About the author (2001)

Chris Meads is a Senior Lecturer in English and Literary Studies at University College, Worcester.

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