Renaissance Papers 2008

Renaissance Papers 2008

Edited by Christopher Cobb


Camden House



The best essays submitted to the Southeastern Renaissance Conference in 2008, with a focus on the performance history of Renaissance drama.
Renaissance Papers collects the best scholarly essays submitted each year to the Southeastern Renaissance Conference. The 2008 volume, in keeping with the Conference's meeting at the new Blackfriars Playhouse at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia, has a special emphasis on the performance history of Renaissance drama. It includes essays on the use of trap doors in London theaters, on the staging of dismemberment in Renaissance plays, on the economics of the boys' companies, and on Jonson's engagement with changing patterns of theatrical patronage in Volpone. An essay on Troilus and Cressida and the history play rounds out the volume's studies in drama. Three essays treat epic from a variety of perspectives, considering in turn Spenser's techniques for leading readers to doubt his narrator in Book Three of the Faerie Queene, Marlowe's allusions to Lucan in Hero and Leander, and Milton's treatment of names and materialism in Paradise Lost. Two essays examine decidedly different incidents of sixteenth-century religious controversy: Wolsey's use of Italian models to display his magnificence through his building program, and Thomas Stapleton's translation of Bede during the Great Controversy to refute Protestant claims about the origins of the English Church.

Contributors: Jane Blanchard, Kevin M. Carr, Nicholas Crawford, Sara Nair James, Claire Kimball, C. Bryan Love, Pamela Royston Macfie, James J. Mainard O'Connell, Paul J. Stapleton, and Lewis Walker.

Christopher Cobb is Assistant Professor of English at Saint Mary's College.


September 2009
3 black and white illustrations
184 pages
8.5x5.5 in
Renaissance Papers
ISBN: 9781571133977
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Camden House
BISAC LIT019000, LIT013000, HIS037020
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Cardinal Wolsey: The English Cardinal Italianate - Sara Nair James
Pope Gregory and the Gens Anglorum: Thomas Stapleton's Translation of Bede - Paul Stapleton
The Spenserian Paradox of Intended Response - Jane Blanchard
Lucan, Marlowe, and the Poetics of Violence - Pamela Royston Macfie
Hell is Discovered - James J. Mainard O'Connell
Private and Public Plays in the Private Theatres: Speculation on the Mercenary Methods of Second Paul's and Second Blackfriar ss - C. Bryan Love
Staging Dismemberment in Early Modern Drama: Playing Mnemonics and Meaning - Claire Kimball
Serving Theater in Volpone - Nicholas Crawford
Troilus and Cressida: An Epitaph for the History Play - Lewis Walker
"What thing thou art, thus double-formed": Naming, Knowledge, and Materialism in Paradise Lost - Kevin M. Carr

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