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Intelligence and Metadrama in the Early Modern Theatre

Bill Angus

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781474432917
eISBN:
9781474459648
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474432917.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Intelligence and in the Early Modern Theatre explores intrinsic connections between early modern intelligencers and metadrama in the plays of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. It offers insight into why ... More


Blood: Enter Martius, Painted

Andrea Ria Stevens

in Inventions of the Skin: The Painted Body in Early English Drama

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748670499
eISBN:
9780748693757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748670499.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Surveying archival evidence and extant stage directions from canonical and non-canonical plays, this chapter considers the history of stage blood from medieval drama to the early modern period, with ... More


Introduction: Errant Intelligence –The Devil’s Own

Bill Angus

in Intelligence and Metadrama in the Early Modern Theatre

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781474432917
eISBN:
9781474459648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474432917.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The introduction firstly identifies the defining characteristics, important contexts, and devices of early modern metadrama; it then elaborates on popular conceptions of the informer-figure, and ... More


The Reluctant Informer: Humanising the Beast

Bill Angus

in Intelligence and Metadrama in the Early Modern Theatre

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781474432917
eISBN:
9781474459648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474432917.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Even more so than Iago, or Middleton’s Vindice, Webster’s Bosola is the quintessential combination of informer and actor. His self-conscious Machiavellian role in the Duchess’s tragedy includes much ... More


Metadrama and the Murderous Nature of Authority

Bill Angus

in Intelligence and Metadrama in the Early Modern Theatre

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781474432917
eISBN:
9781474459648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474432917.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Since early modern debate about the legitimacy of theatre concerns the question of the author’s authority in relation to that of the licensing authorities, and their informers, the fear of ... More


The Burning Issue: Metadrama and Contested Authority in Chettle’s Hoffman

Bill Angus

in Intelligence and Metadrama in the Early Modern Theatre

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781474432917
eISBN:
9781474459648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474432917.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In Chettle’s The Tragedy of Hoffman, authority is in flux again and here metadrama bites both ways as its usurping and informing metadramatic actors are punished by hidden audiences. Although the ... More


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