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Jacobean Drama: list of critical reading

Jacobean Drama, 2017/18, Semester 1
Professor Martin Butler
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue


List of secondary reading

This list focuses specifically on criticism dealing with the drama’s relationship to social and political change. For topics such as staging and theatre conditions, consult the reading list for the level 2 module Renaissance Literature

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J. C. Agnew, Worlds apart : the market and the theater in Anglo-American thought, 1550-1750 (1985)

S. Mullaney, The place of the stage : license, play, and power in Renaissance England (1988) 

M. Hattaway and A. R. Braunmuller, eds., The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama, eds. (1990) 

D. S. Kastan and P. Stallybrass, eds., Staging the Renaissance : reinterpretations of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama (1991) 

J. Howard, The stage and social struggle in early modern England (1994) 

L. Manley, Literature and culture in early modern London (1995)

J. Dillon, Theatre, court and city, 1595-1610 : drama and social space in London (2000) 

A. Kinney, A companion to Renaissance drama (2002)

G. Sullivan, P. Cheney, and A. Hadfield, eds., Early modern English drama: a critical companion (2006) 

J. Dillon, The Cambridge introduction to early English theatre (2006)

J. Howard, Theater of a City: The Places of London Comedy 1598-1642 (2008)

J. Mardock, Our scene is London : Ben Jonson's city and the space of the author (2008)

J. Sanders, The Cambridge introduction to early modern drama, 1576-1642 (2014)

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B. Gibbons, Jacobean City Comedy (2nd edn, 1980) 

G. K. Paster, The idea of the city in the age of Shakespeare (1985)

T. Leinwand, The city staged : Jacobean comedy, 1603-1613 (1986)

L. Hutson, ‘The displacement of the market in Jacobean city comedy’, The London journal. 14 (1989), 1-16 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

D. Bruster, Drama and the market in the age of Shakespeare (1992)

G. K. Paster, The body embarrassed : drama and the disciplines of shame in early modern England (1993) 

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J.W. Lever, The tragedy of state: a study of Jacobean drama (1971) 

J. Dollimore, Radical Tragedy (1984) 

C. Belsey, The Subject of Tragedy (1985) 

A.W. Tricomi, Anticourt drama in England, 1603-1642 (1988)

A. Loomba, Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama (1989)

Frank Whigham, Seizures of the will in early modern English drama (1996)

Stevie Simkin, ed., Revenge tragedy (2001)

Janet Clare, Revenge tragedies of the Renaissance (2007)

Linda Woodbridge, English revenge drama : money, resistance, equality (2010)

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L. Jardine, Still Harping on Daughters: Women and Drama in the Age of Shakespeare (1983)

M.B. Rose, The expense of spirit : love and sexuality in English Renaissance drama (1988)

K. McLuskie, Renaissance Dramatists (1989)

K. Newman, Fashioning femininity and English Renaissance drama (1991)

D. Kehler and S. Baker, In another country: feminist perspectives on Renaissance drama (1991)

S. Zimmerman, ed., Erotic politics: desire on the Renaissance stage (1992)

S. Orgel, Impersonations: the performance of gender in Shakespeare's England (1996)

M. DiGangi, The homoerotics of early modern drama (1997)

Alison Findlay, A feminist perspective on Renaissance drama (1999)

The following studies specifically address individual texts on the course:

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S. Anglo, Machiavelli : a dissection (1969)

Q. Skinner, Machiavelli (1981)

Q. Skinner, Machiavelli : a very short introduction (2000)

E. Benner, Machiavelli's Prince : a new reading (2016)

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J. Dollimore, ‘Transgression and surveillance in Measure for Measure’, in Political Shakespeare, eds. J. Dollimore and A. Sinfield (1985), 72-87

J. Goldberg, James I and the Politics of Literature (1983)

S. Greenblatt, Shakespearean negotiations: the circulation of social energy in Renaissance England (1988)

S. Mullaney, The place of the stage: license, play, and power in Renaissance England (1988)

L. Tennenhouse, Power on display: the politics of Shakespeare's genres (1986)

D. K. Shuger, Political theologies in Shakespeare's England : the sacred and the state in Measure for Measure (2001)

R. Wilson, Will power: essays on Shakespearean authority (1985)

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R. Cave, B. Wolland and E. Schafer, eds., Ben Jonson and theatre : performance, practice, and theory (1999)

Sarah Dustagheer, 'Our scene is London: The Alchemist and urban underworlds at the Blackfriars playhouse', Shakespeare Jahrbuch : 2011 ISBN: 9783897095113, 147 (2011) OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (SRJ 18/08/2017) 

 J. Haynes, The social relations of Jonson's theater (1992)

Erin Julian and Helen Ostovich, eds., The alchemist : a critical reader (2013)

T. B. Leinwand, Theatre, finance and society in early modern England. (1999)

J. S. Mebane, ‘Renaissance magic and the return of the Golden Age: utopianism and religious enthusiasm in The Alchemist’, Renaissance drama. n.s. 10 (1979),117-39 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

C. Ross, ‘The plague of The Alchemist’, Renaissance quarterly. 41 (1988), 439-58; reprinted in R. Dutton, ed., Ben Jonson (2000)

R. L. Smallwood, ‘“Here in the Friars”: immediacy and theatricality in The Alchemist ’, Review of English studies. 32 (1981), 141-60

P. Womack, Ben Jonson (1986)

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G. Cross, ‘Marston, Montaigne and morality: The Dutch Courtesan reconsidered’, ELH. 27 (1960), 30-43

P. J. Finkelpearl, John Marston of the Middle Temple: an Elizabethan dramatist in his social setting (1969)

D. B. Hamilton, ‘Language and theme in The Dutch Courtesan’, Renaissance drama., 5 (1972), 75-87 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

W. M. Hamlin, Montaigne's English Journey (2014), chapter 4

R. Horwich, ‘Wives, courtesans and the economics of love in Jacobean city comedy’, in  Drama in the Renaissance : comparative and critical essays, eds. C. Davidson, C. J. Gianakaris, and J. H. Stroup (1986), 255-73

J. Howard, ‘Mastering difference in The Dutch Courtesan’, Shakespeare studies., 24 (1996), 105-17 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

M. Rubright, 'Going Dutch in London city comedy', English literary renaissance., 40 (2010), 88-112

S. K. Scott, 'Discovering the sins of the cellar in The Dutch Courtesan', Medieval & renaissance drama in England. ISSN: 0731-3403, 26 (2013),  60-74

G. Sullivan, ‘All things come into commerce: women, household labour, and the spaces of Marston’s The Dutch Courtesan’, Renaissance drama, 27 (1996), 19-46 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

T. F. Wharton, ed., The drama of John Marston: critical re-visions (2001)

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V. Foster, ‘’ Tis Pity as city tragedy’, in John Ford: Critical Re - visions, ed. M. Neill (1988)

Lisa Hopkins, 'Tis pity she's a whore : a critical guide (2009)

R.J. Kaufman, ‘Ford’s tragic perspective’, in Elizabethan drama: modern essays in criticism., ed. Kaufman (1961)

R. Marienstras, New perspectives on the Shakespearean world (1985)

M. R. Martin, 'The Raw and the Cooked in Ford’s ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore', Early theatre. ISSN: 1206-9078, 15 (2012), 131-46

S. B. Mintz, ‘The power of parity in Ford’s ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore’, Journal of English and Germanic philology. 102 (2003), 269-91

M. Neill, ‘What strange riddle’s this? ’, in John Ford: Critical Re - visions, ed. Neill

R. Warren, ‘Ford in performance’, in John Ford: Critical Re - visions, ed. Neill

S. Wiseman, ‘ ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore: representing the incestuous body’, in Renaissance Bodies, eds. N. Llewellyn and L. Gent (1990)

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S. Chakravorty, Society and politics in the plays of Thomas Middleton (1995)

B. J. Corrigan, ‘Middleton, The Revenger’s Tragedyand crisis literature’, Studies in English literature, 1500-1900., 38 (1998), 281-96

A. B. Dawson, ‘ Women Beware Women and the economy of rape’, Studies in English literature, 1500-1900., 27 (1987), 303-20

J. Dollimore, Radical Tragedy (1984)

V. Foster, ‘The deed’s creature: the tragedy of Bianca in Women Beware Women’, Journal of English and Germanic philology., 78 (1979), 508-20

Suzanne Gossett, ed., Thomas Middleton in context (2011)

M. Heinemann, Puritanism and theatre: Thomas Middleton and opposition drama under the early Stuarts (1980)

Andrew Hiscock, ed., Women beware Women: a critical guide (2011)

R. Levin, ‘The dark colour of a cardinal’s discontentment’, Medieval & renaissance drama in England. 10 (1998), 201-17

R. Levin, ‘If women should beware women, Bianca should beware mother’, Studies in English literature, 1500-1900., 37 (1997), 371-89

S. Mullaney, ‘Mourning and misogyny: Hamlet, The Revenger’s Tragedyand the final progress of Elizabeth I’, Shakespeare quarterly. 45 (1994), 139-62

M. Neill, 'Bastardy, counterfeiting and misogyny in The Revenger's Tragedy', Studies in English literature, 1500-1900., 36 (1996), 397-416; also in Neill’s Putting history to the question : power, politics, and society in English Renaissance drama (2001)

M. O'Callaghan, Thomas Middleton, Renaissance dramatist (2009)

P. Stallybrass, 'Reading the body: The Revenger's Tragedyand the Jacobean theatre of consumption', Renaissance drama. n.s. 18 (1987) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Gary Taylor and Trish Henley, eds., The Oxford handbook of Thomas Middleton (2012) 

A. Tricomi, Anticourt drama in England, 1603-1642 (1988)

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L. Bliss, The world's perspective: John Webster and the Jacobean drama (1983).

M. Bradbrook, John Webster: citizen and dramatist (1980).

N. Brooke, Horrid Laughter in Jacobean Tragedy (1979).

D. Callaghan, Woman and gender in Renaissance tragedy: a study of King Lear, Othello, the Duchess of Malfi and the White Devil (1990)

K. S. Coddon, ‘ The Duchess of Malfi: tyranny and spectacle’, Themes in Drama..15 - Madness in drama. ISBN: 0521443768 (1993), 1-18

W. Empson, 'Mine Eyes Dazzle', Essays in criticism. 14 (1964) 80-86.

C. Forker, Skull beneath the skin: the achievement of John Webster (1986)

P. Frazer and A. Hansen, eds., The white devil : a critical reader ISBN: 9781472587428 (e-book) (2016)

J. W. Lever, The tragedy of state: a study of Jacobean drama (1971)

Christina Luckyj, ed., The Duchess of Malfi: a critical guide (2011)

M. Neill, Issues of Death (1997)

J. L. Selzer, ' Merit and degree in Webster's "The Duchess of Malfi" ', English literary renaissance., 11 (1981), 70-80.

A. Strycharski, 'Ethics, individualism and class in John Webster's The White Devil', Criticism : a quarterly for literature and the arts. ISSN: 0011-1589, 54 (2012), 291-315

F. O. Waage, The white devil discover'd : backgrounds and foregrounds to Webster's tragedy (1984)

Frank Whigham, Seizures of the will in early modern English drama (1996)

This list was last updated on 17/08/2017