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Studying Shakespeare’s Contemporaries is an accessible guide to the non-Shakespearian drama of Renaissance England that can be read as complete subject overview or used as an indexed reference resource.
Lars Engle is James G Watson Professor of English at The Unviersity of Tulsa, USA, where he has won college and univeristy teaching awards. Educated at Harvard, Cambridge, and Yale, he is the author of Shakespearan Pragmatism (1993) and numerous articles on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. He is one of the editors of English Renaissance Drama: A Norton Anthology (2002), and a former Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America.
Eric Rasmussen is Foundation Professor of English at the University of Nevada. He is co-editor of a variety of publications, including the English Renaissance Drama: A Norton Anthology (2002), the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works of William Shakespeare (2007), and The Shakespeare First Folios: A Descriptive Catalogue (2011).He is also the General Textual Editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions project.
Table of Contents
Preface: How to use this book xi
Part One: Inwardness 1
1.1 The Inward Self 2
1.2 The Inward Self in Soliloquy: The Jew of Malta 4
1.3 The Inward Self in Aside: The Changeling 16
1.4 A Digression: The Inner Life of Modernized Texts 25
1.5 The Christian/Stoic Soul Under Duress: The Duchess of Malfi 36
1.6 How to Behave When You Have a Soul Always Already Damned: Doctor Faustus 42
1.7 Obsession and Delusion: Comic Inwardness in Every Man in His Humor 53
1.8 Epicene 63
1.9 Tamburlaine the Great 1 and 2: Interior Strength, External Weakness 68
1.10 Disguise and Honor in The Malcontent 78
1.11 Conclusion: A Drama of Interiority? 80
Part Two: Intimacy, Rivalry, Family 83
2.1 Rivalry and Intimacy in A Trick to Catch the Old One 85
2.2 The Tragedy of Mariam: Intimacy, Tyranny, and Ambivalence 90
2.3 Domestic Tragedy and Moral Commentary: Arden of Faversham 96
2.4 The Battle of the Sexes: The Woman’s Prize 99
2.5 Intimacy, Rivalry, Family: Women Beware Women 103
2.6 Familiar and Familial: Incest in ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore 113
Part Three: Society, Politics, the City, and the State 123
3.1 Dreaming Up the Free City: The Roaring Girl 124
3.2 The Shoemaker’s Holiday 138
3.3 A New Way to Pay Old Debts 144
3.4 The Knight of the Burning Pestle 155
3.5 The State at War in The Spanish Tragedy 161
3.6 Two Bodies: State and Self in Edward II 167
3.7 Resistance to Tyranny in The Maid’s Tragedy 173
3.8 Tyranny as a Boundary Condition for a Subject’s Violence: The Duchess of Malfi and The Revenger’s Tragedy 189
3.9 Republic and Tyranny in Sejanus 190
Part Four: Not Shakespeare – Lives of the Theater Poets 207