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The Poetics of Jacobean Drama

Author: Coburn Freer; Project Muse.
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.
Series: Book collections on Project MUSE.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Freer, Coburn. Poetics of Jacobean drama.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981
(DLC) 81047599
(OCoLC)7923167
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Coburn Freer; Project Muse.
ISBN: 9781421434315 1421434318
OCLC Number: 1131890795
Notes: Open access edition supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book Program.
The text of this book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No derivatives 4.0 International License.
Originally published as Johns Hopkins Press in 1981.
Description: 1 online resource (1 online resource (xxi, 256 pages))
Contents: Ch. 1. Poetry in the mode of action --
ch. 2. Context of blank verse drama --
ch. 3. The revenger's tragedy --
ch. 4. Cymbeline --
ch. 5. The white devil and The Duchess of Malfi --
ch. 6. The broken heart --
Epilogue: The metamorphosis transformed.
Series Title: Book collections on Project MUSE.
Other Titles: Jacobean drama.
Responsibility: Coburn Freer.

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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.

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