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    Puritanism & Theatre (Past and Present Publications) (Hardback) By (author) Margot Heinemann


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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 & Theatre
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Margot Heinemann
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Weight: 525 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521226028
    ISBN 10: 0521226023

    B&T Book Type: NF
    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
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010020
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    BISAC V2.8: DRA003000
    DC22: 822/.3
    BIC subject category V2: 3J, 1DB
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    LC classification: PR2718.P87 H44
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    Thema V1.0: NH
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    Publication date
    31 March 1980
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    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.