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    DescriptionThe closing of the theatres by Parliament in 1642 is perhaps the best-known fact in the history of English drama. As the Parliamentary Puritans were then in power, it is easy to assume that all opponents of the theatre were Puritans, and that all Puritans were hostile to the drama. The reality was more interesting and more complicated. Margot Heinemann looks at Thomas Middleton's work in relation to the society and social movements of his time, and traces the connections this work may have had with radical, Parliamentarian or Puritan groups or movements. In the light of the recent work of seventeenth-century historians we can no longer see these complex opposition movements as uniformly anti-theatre or anti-dramatist. The book suggests fresh meanings and implications in Middleton's own writings, and helps towards rethinking the place of drama in the changing life of early Stuart England.

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    Puritanism and Theatre
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Margot Heinemann
    Physical properties
    Format: Online resource
    ISBN 13: 9780511561160
    ISBN 10: 0511561164

    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DB
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3J
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    Thema V1.0: NH
    Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
    Imprint name
    Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
    Publication date
    03 November 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Table of contents
    Introductory note; 1. Time and place; 2. Puritanism, censorship and opposition to the theatre; 3. Middleton as satirical journalist; 4. Early satirical comedies; 5. How anti-Puritan are Middleton's city comedies?; 6. Money and morals in Middleton's city comedies; 7. Middle years: tragi-comedy and moral comedy; 8. City employments; 9. Hard times and Hengist, King of Kent; 10. Political satire: A Game at Chess; 11. City tragedy; 12. Drama and opposition, 1619-1640; 13. From popular drama to leveller style: a postscript; Appendices; Index.