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From court to playhouse and back: Middleton's appropriation of the masque

Baird, C. (2015) From court to playhouse and back: Middleton's appropriation of the masque. Early Theatre, 18 (2). ISSN 1206-9078

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To link to this item DOI: 10.12745/et.18.2.2517


Bringing a thorough study of court masques to bear on reoriented readings of The Revenger’s Tragedy, Women Beware Women, The Changeling, and the lesser known Your Five Gallants, I show that Thomas Middleton’s intimate knowledge of the Jacobean court masque enables him to exploit its conventions, iconography, and structural functions for use in the playhouse. Middleton confidently ‘deconstructs’ masque dramaturgy to create a masque episode which encapsulates the play’s overarching theme and engineers the resolution. At the same time, by subverting the very device used to represent the court to the world, he subtly critiques king and court.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
ID Code:77379
Publisher:Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies


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