The Theatrical City: Culture, Theatre and Politics in London, 1576-1649

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David L. Smith, Richard Strier, David Bevington
Cambridge University Press, Dec 18, 2003 - History - 288 pages
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This collection of essays adopts a novel, interdisciplinary approach to a diverse group of texts composed in London during the Renaissance. Eight literary scholars and eight historians from two continents have been paired to write companion essays on each text. This original method opens up rich insights into London's social, political, and cultural life which would have eluded members of either discipline working in isolation. 'Theatrical' is taken to be a very flexible term, and is applied to the civic rituals and public spectacles of the capital (for example, the execution of King Charles I) as well as to the elite and popular theatre. The eight texts therefore include historical accounts, political documents and polemical works as well as plays.
 

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Contents

John Stows Survey of London
17
Of Sites and Rites
35
Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream
55
A Kingdom of Shadows
68
Thomas Dekkers The Shoemakers Holiday
87
Theatre as Holiday
101
John Marstons The Fawn
117
Flattering Courtly Desire
137
Of Mire and Authorship
170
Philip Massingers A New Way to Pay Old Debts
183
The Outsider as Insider
193
The Root and Branch Petition and the Grand Remonstrance
209
From Diagnosis to Operation
224
John Miltons Eikonoklastes
245
The Dissemination of the King
260
Index
282

Ben Jonsons Bartholomew Fair
157

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