Travel and Drama in Shakespeare's Time

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Jean-Pierre Maquerlot, Michèle Willems
Cambridge University Press, 1996 M09 13 - 262 páginas
This book explores interconnections between voyage narratives and travel plays in a period of intense foreign relations and the incipient colonization of the New World. Eminent Renaissance scholars from five countries use historical enquiry and textual analysis to offer new readings of narrative and dramatic texts, envisaged both in the context of the period and from the far-reaching perspective of Britain's cultural history. Plays like The Spanish Tragedy, Doctor Faustus, Eastward Ho! or The Tempest - itself the subject of three chapters - are discussed alongside relatively obscure works like The Travels of the Three English Brothers by Day, Rowley and Wilkins, Daborne's A Christian Turn'd Turk or Fletcher and Massinger's The Sea-Voyage. The plays are never approached as mere cultural documents. The underlying assumption is that the theatre is not reducible to a medium for conflicting ideologies but should be viewed as a privileged site of various meanings, of roads leading in several directions. Several chapters identify the various discourses which inform contemporary travel documents. The authors of these chapters clarify the cultural codes which travel narratives place between the reader and the supposed eyewitness. The readings of drama and travel literature are grounded firmly in the period for which they were written, and take into account the preconceptions and perceptions of their original public.

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List of contributors page ix
1
Contents
4
the Sherley
14
Elizabethan perceptions
32
The Elizabethans in Italy
55
Tragic form and the voyagers
75
Nationality and language in Thomas Kyds
87
Marlowes Argonauts
106
The wrong end of the telescope
141
Amazons and cannibals
179
Industrious Ariel and idle Caliban
193
The New World in The Tempest
209
metatheatrical memory
223
Lope de Vega and Shakespeare
239
Index
255
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Pirates and turning Turk in Renaissance drama
124

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