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Monuments and literary posterity in early modern drama

By: Chalk, Brian.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge University Press New York 2015Description: xi, 222 p.ISBN: 9781107558908 .Subject(s): English drama - Early modern and Elizabethan | Memorials - literature | Monuments - literature | England | Drama - Publishing | English dramaDDC classification: 822.309 Summary: In spite of the ephemeral nature of performed drama, playwrights such as Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, Fletcher, and Shakespeare were deeply interested in the endurance of their theatrical work and in their own literary immortality. This book re-evaluates the relationship between these early modern dramatists and literary posterity by considering their work within the context of post-Reformation memorialization. Providing fresh analyses of plays by major dramatists, Brian Chalk considers how they depicted monuments and other funeral properties on stage in order to exploit and criticize the rich ambiguities of commemorative rituals. The book also discusses the print history of the plays featured. The subject will attract scholars and upper-level students of Renaissance drama, memory studies, early modern theatre, and print history. https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/monuments-and-literary-posterity-in-early-modern-drama/96D26C8DE62EA7404F87013A57969E02#fndtn-information
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Table of contents

Introduction: 'raptures of futurity'
1. 'Let All things End': Marlowe's immortality
2. Jonson's textual monument
3. Webster's 'worthyest monument': the problem of posterity in The Duchess of Malfi
4. 'Mocking life': preemptive commemoration in The Winter's Tale
5. Fletcher's future: dynasty and collaborative posterity in Henry VIII
Coda: what they hath left us
Select bibliography
Index.

In spite of the ephemeral nature of performed drama, playwrights such as Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, Fletcher, and Shakespeare were deeply interested in the endurance of their theatrical work and in their own literary immortality. This book re-evaluates the relationship between these early modern dramatists and literary posterity by considering their work within the context of post-Reformation memorialization. Providing fresh analyses of plays by major dramatists, Brian Chalk considers how they depicted monuments and other funeral properties on stage in order to exploit and criticize the rich ambiguities of commemorative rituals. The book also discusses the print history of the plays featured. The subject will attract scholars and upper-level students of Renaissance drama, memory studies, early modern theatre, and print history.

https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/monuments-and-literary-posterity-in-early-modern-drama/96D26C8DE62EA7404F87013A57969E02#fndtn-information

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