"An engaging, thoughtful book that ranges across and sometimes beyond the canon (and also) though Clark s frequent short analyses of particular texts, presents student readers with a series of useful models for their own research, analysis and academic writing."
Times Higher Education
"Realistically comprehensive, distinctive and engaging ... As an overview of what was and could be acted in the first hundred years of the commercial stage in London, it is invaluable."
Times Literary Supplement
" Renaissance Drama employs a thematic and chronological approach to the drama of the period by surveying most of the key dramatists and applying to their works a strong sense of cultural contexts and the theorized approaches of modern criticism. Owing to this structure, Clark s study, like that of Womack, should be of immense usefulness to scholars and students alike."
The Year s Work in English Studies
"This is a really thorough, extraordinarily wide-ranging, student-friendly study which places the plays of Shakespeare and his many contemporaries firmly within their social and cultural contexts. With impressive economy, Sandra Clark offers a seamlessly woven account of the crucial forces shaping how theatre worked in this period."
Lisa Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam University
"Sandra Clark s long and distinguished career as a Shakespeare scholar illuminates every page of this magisterial study. Familiar with so many works of Renaissance drama, she draws on her extensive knowledge of early modern culture to demonstrate just how the theatre reflects the society. Clark s study will be widely adopted for use in sixth-form and university classrooms."
John W. Mahon, co-editor, Shakespeare Newsletter
"As always, Sandra Clark s remarkable knowledge captures the vibrancy of Renaissance London. Informative for students and experts, Renaissance Drama replaces bardolatry with details from plays and social documents which bring to life Shakespeare s profession, city, and contemporaries."
Cristina Malcolmson, Bates Collegeshow more