Shakespeare Court Dramatist

Author: Richard Dutton
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198777748
Release Date: 2016-04-07

Shakespeare made his money from writing for public theatres like the Globe, but the companies he served only survived because the royal courts had their own uses for drama, to fill the long winter nights of their Revels seasons. Shakepeare's plays were performed there more often than those by anyone else and he revised them--making them fuller, richer, and more sophisticated for his royal patrons. Shakespeare, Court Dramatist outlines the symbioticrelationship between Shakespeare and the court and shows how it affected his writing, forging plays like Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet in the versions we know best today.

Ben Jonson

Author: Richard Dutton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317893752
Release Date: 2014-07-21
Genre: Literary Criticism

Interest in Ben Jonson is higher today than at any time since his death. This new collection offers detailed readings of all the major plays - Volpone, Epicene, The Alchemist and Bartholomew Fair - and the poems. It also provides significant insights into the court masques and the later plays which have only recently been rediscovered as genuinely engaging stage pieces.

William Shakespeare

Author: Richard Dutton
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781349141432
Release Date: 2016-07-27
Genre: Literary Criticism

William Shakespeare is the best-known writer in the English-speaking world. Contrary to popular myth, we actually know more about him and his career than we do about most dramatists of his era - the fruits of three hundred years of fascinated research. Whilst we know less than we would like about Shakespeare's private life, we do have a far clearer picture of his professional career, and of the theatres and social structures with which he was involved. And yet the significance of what we know is fiercely contested and we are challenged by a host of contradictions. Elizabethan actors were often classed as vagabonds yet some were also servants to royalty who performed at court. All the roles in Shakespeare's plays were acted by men, yet he wrote strong roles for women from Lady Macbeth to Rosalind. So was Shakespeare a feminist before his time? Richard Dutton tackles these and other issues which keep Shakespeare, the most influential literary life in literary history, at the centre of our cultural life today.

New Historicism and Renaissance Drama

Author: Richard Wilson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781315504445
Release Date: 2016-07-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

New Historicism has been one of the major developments in literary theory over the last decade, both in the USA and Europe. In this book, Wilson and Dutton examine the theories behind New Historicism and its celebrated impact in practice on Renaissance Drama, providing an important collection both for students of the genre and of literary theory.

Shakespeare s Theatre A History

Author: Richard Dutton
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118939321
Release Date: 2018-01-02
Genre: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare’s Theatre: A History examines the theatre spaces used by William Shakespeare, and explores these spaces in relation to the social and political framework of the Elizabethan era. The text journeys from the performing spaces of the provincial inns, guild halls and houses of the gentry of the Bard’s early career, to the purpose-built outdoor playhouses of London, including the Globe, the Theatre, and the Curtain, and the royal courts of Elizabeth and James I. The author also discusses the players for whom Shakespeare wrote, and the positioning—or dispositioning—of audience members in relation to the stage. Widely and deeply researched, this fascinating volume is the first to draw on the most recent archaeological work on the remains of the Rose and the Globe, as well as continuing publications from the Records of Early English Drama project. The book also explores the contentious view that the ‘plot’ of The Seven Deadly Sins (part II), provides unprecedented insight into the working practices of Shakespeare’s company and includes a complete and modernized version of the ‘plot’. Throughout, the author relates the practicalities of early modern playing to the evolving systems of aristocratic patronage and royal licensing within which they developed Insightful and engaging, Shakespeare’s Theatre is ideal reading for undergraduates, postgraduates, and scholars of literature and theatre studies.

Mastering the Revels

Author: Richard Dutton
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781349098798
Release Date: 2016-07-27
Genre: Literary Criticism

Mastering the Revels offers a detailed reconsideration of the regulation of English Renaissance drama. It is the first study to approach the issue through the role of the Masters of the Revels, who censored most late Tudor and early Stuart plays, relating the control they exercised over the actors to the political context of the court office they themselves held.

Licensing Censorship and Authorship in Early Modern England

Author: R. Dutton
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780230598713
Release Date: 2000-11-08
Genre: Literary Criticism

Licensing, Censorship and Authorship in Early Modern England examines in detail both how the practice of censorship shaped writing in the Shakespearean period, and how our sense of that censorship continues to shape modern understandings of what was written. Separate chapters trace the development of licensing in the theatre, and the response of the actors and dramatists to it. There are detailed examinations of how censorship affects our reading of four major playwrights: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson and Middleton, and of how the control of printed books compared with that of the stage.


Author: Richard L. Dutton
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 0738535311
Release Date: 2004
Genre: History

Between 1905 and 1907, Brooklyn's leading newspaper, the Daily Eagle, published a remarkable series of almost five hundred postcards, most with photographs of local scenes. Brooklyn in that era was, as it is today, a place of great variety, with imposing factories, sprawling riverfront sugar refineries, scores of public schools, elaborate mansions, and hundreds of blocks of middle-class brownstone row houses side by side with public wood yards, free-floating baths, the county jail, reformatories, and hospitals. Brooklyn was known as "the borough of churches," and grand religious edifices of all denominations stood on nearly every corner. For recreation, there were social clubs, acres of beautifully landscaped public parks graced by statues of heroes of the past, and the teeming midways and beaches of Coney Island. All of this is captured in Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Postcards 1905-1907.

Trauma Anesthesia

Author: Richard Dutton
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
ISBN: 0071444645
Release Date: 2020-03-13
Genre: Anesthesia in traumatology

Dutton's Trauma Anesthesia will represent the first book to cover in detail all of the techniques necessary to master for adequately assessing, monitoring, and anesthetizing the trauma patient. Developed to be a practical and functional resource, the text will be supplemented with many evidence-based algorithms and synoptic tips for ensuring optimal patient care and pain management .

Ben Jonson Volpone and the Gunpowder Plot

Author: Richard Dutton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107404754
Release Date: 2012-07-19
Genre: Literary Criticism

Ben Jonson's Volpone is the most widely taught and commonly performed English Renaissance play outside of Shakespeare. However, the dramatic circumstances of its writing are little known. Jonson wrote the play very shortly after the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, an event in which he was personally involved. This book argues that the play alludes to the plot as openly as censorship will allow, using the traditional form of the beast fable. As a Roman Catholic himself, Jonson shared in the repression suffered by his co-religionists in the wake of the Plot, and the play fiercely satirizes the man they chiefly blamed for this, Robert Cecil. The elaborate format which Jonson devised for the 1607 edition of Volpone, with a dedication, Epistle and numerous commendatory poems, is reproduced here photographically, allowing the reader to appreciate Jonson's covert meanings and to approach the text as those in 1607 might have done.

The Duchess of Suffolk

Author: Thomas Drue
ISBN: 0814252206
Release Date: 2015-09-16
Genre: Literary Criticism

With the inaugural edition of the Early Modern Drama Texts series, Richard Dutton and Steven K. Galbraith illuminate the only surviving work of playwright and actor Thomas Drue. First performed by the Palsgrave's Men at the Fortune Theater in 1624, "The Duchess of Suffolk" dramatizes the exile of Protestant noblewoman Katherine Willoughby (1519-80) during the reign of Catholic Queen Mary I (1516-58). Drawing from popular accounts in works by John Foxe and Thomas Deloney, Drue created a narrative of exaggerated peril, as the Duchess and her companions are chased across the continent. The embellished history evokes many iconic figures of the Reformation, from the celebrated Oxford Martyrs Hugh Latimer, Thomas Cranmer, and Nicholas Ridley to Bishop Edmund Bonner, whose infamous reputation had earned him the sobriquet "bloody Bonner." A tragicomic history, "The Duchess of Suffolk" still resonated when it was written and performed in early seventeenth-century England some seventy years later. With this volume, Dutton and Galbraith provide a critical apparatus that situates "The Duchess of Suffolk" in historical context and suggests an explanation for its continued resonance. They account for the play's censorship in 1624 by detailing how it evoked contemporary parallels to the controversial foreign policy of King James I. More specifically, the editors offer an introduction that includes a historical overview of the author, staging, printing, and reception. Facing facsimiles of the original are pages with the updated text, complete with annotations to clarify language and staging details. This edition of "The Duchess of Suffolk" will have something to offer to early modern drama scholars as well as scholars of book history. Richard Dutton is Humanities Distinguished Professor at The Ohio State University. Steven K. Galbraith is Curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology.