Interludes and Early Modern Society.
Studies in Gender, Power and Theatricality.
HAPPÉ, Peter and Wim HÜSKEN (Eds.)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2007, 380 pp.
Ludus - Medieval and Early Renaissance Theatre and Drama 9
The essays in this collection, contributed by an internationally distinguished group of scholars, bring up to date many aspects of the criticism of the English Interludes. The development of these plays was a significant part of the history of the growth of English drama in the sixteenth century to the extent that they may be regarded as its main stream. Arising by means of a felicitous combination of the development of printing and the growth of a professional theatre, plays of this type quickly became a forum for the presentation and exploration of many contemporary themes. They became a useful means of disseminating a wide variety of opinions and public concerns as well as exhibiting at times the intellectual brilliance of the Renaissance.
The essays here are concentrated upon power, particularly in its religious and political aspects, gender and theatricality. The political and religious upheavals of the Reformation under the Tudor monarchy form a background as well as a focus at times. In particular the position of women in sixteenth-century society is examined in essays on several plays. There is also discussion of the development of theatrical techniques as playwrights worked closely with small acting companies to reach a wide audience ranging from the royal court to the common streets. This was achieved, as a number of essays make clear, through a variety of entertaining theatrical devices.
Peter HAPPÉ: Introduction
Jean-Paul DEBAX: Complicity and Hierarchy: A Tentative Definition of the Interlude Genus
Lynn FOREST-HILL: Maidens and Matrons: The Theatricality of Gender in the Tudor Interludes
Peter HAPPÉ: Skelton’s Magnyfycence: Theatre, Poetry, Influence
Mike PINCOMBE: Comic Treatment of Tragic Character in Godly Queen Hester
Janette DILLON: Powerful Obedience: Godly Queen Hester and Katherine of Aragon
Bob GODFREY: Feminine Singularity: The Representation of Young Women in Some Early Tudor Interludes
David MILLS: Wit to Woo: The Wit Interludes
Dermot CAVANAGH: Reforming Sovereignty: John Bale and Tragic Drama
Greg WALKER: Flytyng in the Face of Convention: Protest and Innovation in Lindsay’s Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis
John J. MCGAVIN: Working Towards a Reformed Identity in Lindsay’s Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis
Paul Whitfield WHITE: The Pammachius Affair at Christ’s College, Cambridge, in 1545
Roberta MULLINI: Impatient Poverty: The Intertextual Game of Satire
Peter THOMSON: Sound City Jests and Country Pretty Jests: Jack Juggler and Gammer Gurton’s Needle
Alice HUNT: Legitimacy, Ceremony and Drama: Mary Tudor’s Coronation and Respublica
David BEVINGTON: Staging the Reformation: Power and Theatricality in the Plays of William Wager