Paperback / softback
November 1, 2019
9781421434292
English
280
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
$45.00 USD, £33.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference
Electronic book text
November 1, 2019
9781421434308
9780801825453
English
280
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
$45.00 USD, £33.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference

The Poetics of Jacobean Drama

The Poetics of Jacobean Drama argues for a rediscovered approach to the study of Renaissance drama. Coburn Freer observes that most modern criticism of this drama treats the plays as if they were written in prose, thus overlooking whole areas of dramatic meaning that were understood in the past. Such an understanding, he asserts, was common among writers, actors, audiences, and readers of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, and a knowledge of it is essential to a full appreciation of the characterization and dramatic structures in these plays. Freer explores the evolution of the modern reluctance to approach Renaissance drama as one would dramatic poetry—from the standpoint of a listener. Blank verse, the author shows, provided Jacobean dramatists with a poetic form against which they could work the pressures of experience within their characters. The writers' ability to work with and against this form provided infinite resources for delineating character and creating significant coherences in the structure of a play. The book also offers insights into what the Renaissance writer, actor, and playgoer would have regarded as the domain of poetry in drama. Topics discussed include the conditions of stage performance and the style of acting, Elizabethan education, the rise of printed texts and collected editions, and the comments of Elizabethan audiences and readers. Freer's commentary and theoretical explanations suggest both why and how we should pay closer attention to the poetry of Renaissance drama.

About the Author

Coburn Freer was a professor of English at the University of Georgia and the author of Music for a King: George Herbert's Style and the Metrical Psalms, also published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Reviews

"This bold and interesting book sets out to show that poetry functions integrally with characterization, structure and action in Jacobean drama."

- Times Higher Education Supplement
Johns Hopkins University Press
From 17

9781421434292 : the-poetics-of-jacobean-drama-freer
Paperback / softback
November 1, 2019
$45.00 USD
9781421434308 : the-poetics-of-jacobean-drama-freer
Electronic book text
November 1, 2019
$45.00 USD

Other Titles in LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

Defending Privilege

Nicole Mansfield Wright
Mar 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$94.95 USD - Hardback
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$34.95 USD - Electronic book text

Paradise Lost

Michael Cavanagh
Feb 2020 - The Catholic University of America Press
$29.95 USD - Paperback / softback

The Romantic Sublime

Portia Weiskel
Nov 2019 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$30.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$30.00 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in Literature: history & criticism

Defending Privilege

Nicole Mansfield Wright
Mar 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$94.95 USD - Hardback
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$34.95 USD - Electronic book text

Prophets, Publicists, and Parasites

Adam Gordon
Feb 2020 - University of Massachusetts Press
$90.00 USD - Hardback
$26.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Experimental

Natalia Cecire
Dec 2019 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$99.95 USD - Hardback
$34.95 USD - Electronic book text
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback