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Renaissance Drama and Cultural Materialists' Viewpoints
This paper provides an analysis of the difference between the new historicist viewpoints on Renaissance drama and the cultural materialist viewpoints.
# 98231 | 2,408 words | 19 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Sep 12, 2007 in Anthropology (Cultural) , Sociology (General) , Literature (General) , Shakespeare (General)

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In this article, the writer notes that in recent years, two related and overlapping schools of literary theory have emerged that have offered competing responses to the relationship between Renaissance drama and the political power of Tudor and Stuart Britain. To determine the differences in these perspectives, this paper provides an analysis of Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors," Ben Jonson's "The Alchemist," Thomas Kyd's "The Spanish Tragedy" and Heywood's "A Woman Killed with Kindness". The writer looks at these works from the perspective of two modes of criticism or theory, with various criticisms from the new historicist camp and cultural materialist camp being reviewed. An assessment of the complexities of these modes is also provided, taking into account the social, theoretical, and critical movements that informed them. A summary of the research and salient findings are presented in the conclusion.

Review and Discussion
Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors."
Ben Jonson's "The Alchemist."
Thomas Kyd's "The Spanish Tragedy."
Thomas Heywood's "A Woman Killed with Kindness"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bate, Jonathan. Shakespeare and Ovid. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Bertens, Hans. Literary Theory: The Basics. London: Routledge, 2001.
  • Bradshaw, Graham. Misrepresentations: Shakespeare and the Materialists. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1993.
  • Cartelli, Thomas. Marlowe, Shakespeare and the Economy of Theatrical Experience. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.
  • Crane, Mary Thomas. Shakespeare's Brain: Reading with Cognitive Theory. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001.

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