Theatre and Humanism
English Drama in the Sixteenth Century
By (author) Kent Cartwright
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Theatre and Humanism by Kent Cartwright
Book DescriptionEnglish drama at the beginning of the sixteenth century was allegorical, didactic and moralistic; but by the end of the century theatre was censured as emotional and even immoral. How could such a change occur? Kent Cartwright suggests that some theories of early Renaissance theatre - particularly the theory that Elizabethan plays are best seen in the tradition of morality drama - need to be reconsidered. He proposes instead that humanist drama of the sixteenth century is theatrically exciting - rather than literary, elitist and dull as it has often been seen - and socially significant, and he attempts to integrate popular and humanist values rather than setting them against each other. Taking as examples the plays of Marlowe, Heywood, Lyly and Greene, as well as many by lesser-known dramatists, the book demonstrates the contribution of humanist drama to the theatrical vitality of the sixteenth century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521640756
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kent Cartwright
Companion to Tudor Literature, Hardback (February 2010)
A Companion to Tudor Literature presents a collection of thirty-one newly commissioned essays focusing on English literature and culture from the reign of Henry VII in 1485 to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603.
Theatre and Humanism, Paperback (November 2006)» View all books by Kent Cartwright
An account of one hundred years of English drama 1490-1590.
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