The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Contemporary Dramatists

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A. J. Hoenselaars, Ton Hoenselaars
Cambridge University Press, Oct 11, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 298 pages
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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 era. With chapters on a wide range of familiar and lesser-known dramatists, including Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, John Webster, Thomas Middleton and John Ford, this book devotes particular attention to their personal and professional relationships, occupational rivalries and collaborations. Overturning the popular misconception that Shakespeare wrote in isolation, it offers a new perspective on the most impressive body of drama in the history of the English stage.
 

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Contents

George Peele Robert Greene
1
The Spanish Tragedy
19
Shakespeare and Marlowe
34
Shakespeare and Jonson
54
obscenity playfulness cooperation
70
Thomas Dekker and the emergence of city comedy
83
colleagues collaborators coauthors
97
of the passions
120
Thomas Middleton and the early modern theatre
165
collaboration and solitude
181
suffering and silence in Perkin Warbece and Tis Pity
197
drama reputation and the dynamics
212
I5 Richard Brome and the idea of a Caroline theatre
226
performance and early modern drama
244
Select bibliography
269
Index
285

George Chapmans learned drama
134
IO Francis Beaumont and John Fletchers tragicomedy
149

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Ton Hoenselaars is Professor of Early Modern English Literature and Culture at Utrecht University, where he teaches Renaissance drama in its historical contexts and in later adaptations both in Britain and abroad. His research concentrates on early modern English literature (with a special focus on Shakespeare) and its international relations. He has published widely on images of nations in Renaissance literature, literature in translation and on Shakespeare in European culture from 1600 to the present day. He is the author of Images of Englishmen and Foreigners in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (1992), and co-editor of a number of collections, including Shakespeare's Italy (1993), The Italian World of English Renaissance Drama (1998), The Author as Character (1999), 400 Years of Shakespeare in Europe (2003), Shakespeare and the Language of Translation (2004), Shakespeare's History Plays (2004) and Challenging Humanism (2005).

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