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Thomas Middleton in Context

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Tripthi Pillai, Suzanne Gossett, Mark Hutchings, Darryll Grantley, Andrew Gordon, Ian Munro, Catherine Richardson, Elizabeth Furdell, Aaron W. Kitch, Natasha Korda, Ceri Sullivan, Karen Newman, Jennifer Low, Subha Mukherji, Alastair Bellany, Thomas Cogswell, Ian Archer, Trudi Darby, Andrew Gurr, David Kathman, Roslyn L. Knutson, Janet Clare, Linda Austern, Sylvia Adamson, Hannah Kirby, Laurence Peacock, Elizabeth Pearl, James Bednarz, Heather Hirschfeld, Eric Rasmussen, Alison A. Chapman, Anke Bernau, Caroline Bicks, Jennifer Panek, Farah Karim-Cooper, Tanya Pollard, Michael Neill, Carol Thomas Neely, Sonia Massai, Diana E. Henderson, Pascale Aebischer, Simon Palfrey
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  • Date Published: October 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107685642

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  • The redefinition of the Thomas Middleton canon has led to an explosion of interest in this quintessential Jacobean. Middleton's best-known plays, such as Women Beware Women and The Changeling, are now staged, filmed and rewritten for modern audiences. But Middleton also wrote religious poetry, satires, historical allegory, prose and less familiar plays, collaborating frequently, even with Shakespeare. His works are rooted in his historical and cultural environment, from the Overbury scandal to the fall of the boys' companies. Here, experts in literature, theatre, history, law and religion analyze the complex contexts of Middleton's works, clarifying debates over his religious and political affiliations. Divided into sections presenting new interpretations of the world in which Middleton wrote - as a Londoner, citizen, dramatist and early modern man - and concluding with a section on performance history, the essays cover the full range of his works, from the frequently performed to the newest attributions.

    • Helps readers understand the way Middleton's works participate in and reflect his world, by placing the playwright in personal, national, international and theatrical contexts
    • Clarifies differences between Middleton and other playwrights of his time, such as Shakespeare and Jonson, providing the reader with important information on the dramatist, whose canon has been clarified and expanded in recent years
    • Covers the whole of Middleton's canon, not only the familiar plays but also satires, poems, comedies, tragedies and tragicomedies, whether written alone or in collaboration
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    • Date Published: October 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107685642
    • length: 418 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Middleton timeline Tripthi Pillai
    Introduction Suzanne Gossett
    Part I. Middleton and the London Context:
    1. Thomas Middleton, chronologer of his time Mark Hutchings
    2. Middleton's comedy and the geography of London Darryll Grantley
    3. The Puritan Widow and the spatial arts of Middleton's urban drama Andrew Gordon
    4. The populations of London Ian Munro
    5. Domestic life in Jacobean London Catherine Richardson
    6. Life and death in Middleton's London Elizabeth Furdell
    7. The city's money: made, lost, stolen, lent, invested Aaron W. Kitch
    8. Trade, work, and workers Natasha Korda
    9. Supplying the city Ceri Sullivan
    10. Celebrating the city Karen Newman
    11. Violence and the city Jennifer Low
    12. Middleton and the law Subha Mukherji
    Part II. The National and International Context:
    13. The court Alastair Bellany
    14. States and their pawns: political tensions from the Armada to the Thirty Years War Thomas Cogswell
    15. Religious identities Ian Archer
    16. The obsession with Spain Trudi Darby
    Part III. The Theatrical Context:
    17. The social cartography of Middleton's theatres Andrew Gurr
    18. The boys' plays and the boy players David Kathman
    19. The adult companies and the dynamics of commerce Roslyn L. Knutson
    20. The theatre and political control Janet Clare
    21. Music on the Jacobean stage Linda Austern
    Part IV. The Context and Conditions of Authorship:
    22. Middleton and 'modern use': case studies in the language of A Chaste Maid in Cheapside Sylvia Adamson with Hannah Kirby, Laurence Peacock and Elizabeth Pearl
    23. Collaboration: the shadow of Shakespeare James Bednarz
    24. Collaboration: sustained Heather Hirschfeld
    25. Collaboration: Middleton and the determination of authorship Eric Rasmussen
    26. Middleton and dramatic genre Suzanne Gossett
    27. Writing outside the theatre Alison A. Chapman
    28. Medieval remains in Middleton's writings Anke Bernau
    Part V. Social and Psychological Contexts:
    29. Gender and sexuality Caroline Bicks
    30. Women's life stages: maid, wife, widow (whore) Jennifer Panek
    31. Playing, disguise, and identity Farah Karim-Cooper
    32. Drugs, remedies, poisons, and the theatre Tanya Pollard
    33. Middleton and the supernatural Michael Neill
    34. 'Distracted measures': madness and theatricality in Middleton Carol Thomas Neely
    Part VI. Afterlives:
    35. Invisible Middleton and the bibliographical context Sonia Massai
    36. Afterlives: stages and beyond Diana E. Henderson
    37. Middleton in the cinema Pascale Aebischer
    38. Middleton's presence Simon Palfrey
    Works cited.

  • Editor

    Suzanne Gossett, Loyola University, Chicago
    Suzanne Gossett is Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago. She has edited Middleton's A Fair Quarrel for the Oxford Middleton, Shakespeare and Wilkins' Pericles for the Arden Shakespeare and Beaumont and Fletcher's Philaster for Arden Early Modern Drama. She is a General Editor of Arden Early Modern Drama and, with Gordon McMullan, General Textual Editor for the Norton Shakespeare 3.

    Contributors

    Tripthi Pillai, Suzanne Gossett, Mark Hutchings, Darryll Grantley, Andrew Gordon, Ian Munro, Catherine Richardson, Elizabeth Furdell, Aaron W. Kitch, Natasha Korda, Ceri Sullivan, Karen Newman, Jennifer Low, Subha Mukherji, Alastair Bellany, Thomas Cogswell, Ian Archer, Trudi Darby, Andrew Gurr, David Kathman, Roslyn L. Knutson, Janet Clare, Linda Austern, Sylvia Adamson, Hannah Kirby, Laurence Peacock, Elizabeth Pearl, James Bednarz, Heather Hirschfeld, Eric Rasmussen, Alison A. Chapman, Anke Bernau, Caroline Bicks, Jennifer Panek, Farah Karim-Cooper, Tanya Pollard, Michael Neill, Carol Thomas Neely, Sonia Massai, Diana E. Henderson, Pascale Aebischer, Simon Palfrey

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