The Cambridge companion to Shakespeare and contemporary dramatists /

"While Shakespeare's popularity has continued to grow, so has the attention paid to the work of his contemporaries. The contributors to this Companion introduce the distinctive drama of these playwrights, from the court comedies of John Lyly to the works of Richard Brome in the Caroline er...

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Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Hoenselaars, A. J., 1956-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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This volume of essays situates Shakespeare in the context of his too often overlooked contemporary playwrights: Lyly, Peele, Greene, Lodge, Nashe, Kyd, Marlowe, Jonson, Marston, Dekker, Heywood, Chapman, Beaumont, Fletcher, Middleton, Webster, Ford, Massinger, and Brome. The 16 concise essays focus primarily on individual writers, but with a productive emphasis on the links between them, including collaboration, competition, imitation, and parody. Shakespeare emerges as part of a theatrical network rather than as a monolith. Although the essays tend to highlight playwrights' relations to Shakespeare, other connections between writers also receive attention, such as Brome's debts to Jonson, the long-term collaborative partnership of Beaumont and Fletcher, and several tragedians' responses to Kyd. An essay on early modern drama in performance usefully outlines the particular kinds of approaches and insight available through performance criticism of these plays. This refreshing volume reflects current interest in the collaborative nature of the period's theater, and offers valuable up-to-date overviews of the kinds of contributions that different writers provided. It will make an excellent accompaniment for survey courses in the period's drama, and will also be a useful resource for scholars. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. T. Pollard Brooklyn College, CUNY

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