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The book considers the London theatrical culture which took shapein the 1570s and came to an end in 1642.
Places emphasis on those plays that are readily available inmodern editions and can sometimes to be seen in modern productions,including Shakespeare.
Provides students with the historical, literary and theatricalcontexts they need to make sense of Renaissance drama.
Includes a series of short biographies of playwrights duringthis period.
Features close analyses of more than 20 plays, each of whichdraws attention to what makes a particular play interesting andidentifies relevant critical questions.
Examines early modern drama in terms of its characteristicactions, such as cuckolding, flattering, swaggering, going mad, andrising from the dead.