this book explores interconnections between voyage narratives and travel plays in a period of intense foreign relations and the incipient colonisation of the New World.
This book explores interconnections between voyage narratives and travel plays in a period of intense foreign relations and the incipient colonization of the New World. Eminent Renaissance scholars use historical inquiry and textual analysis to offer readings of narrative and dramatic texts, envisaged both in the context of the period and from the far-reaching perspective of Britain's cultural history. Plays like The Spanish Tragedy, Doctor Faustus, Eastward Ho! or The Tempest - itself the subject of three chapters - are discussed alongside relatively obscure works. The plays are never approached as mere cultural documents. The underlying assumption is that the theatre is not reducible to a medium for conflicting ideologies but should be viewed as a privileged site of various meanings, of roads leading in several directions.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Jean-Pierre Maquerlot and
2. Foreign relations in Jacobean England: the
Sherley brothers and the 'Voyage of Persia'
3. 'The naked and the dead': Elizabethan
perceptions of Ireland Andrew Hadfield
4. The Elizabethans in Italy Jonathan Bate
5. Tragic form and the voyagers Philip Edwards
6. Nationality and language in Thomas Kyd's The
Spanish Tragedy Ronnie Mulryne
7. Marlowe's Argonauts Yves Peyré
8. Pirates and 'turning Turk' in Renaissance
drama Lois Potter
9. The wrong end of the telescope Brian Gibbons
10. 'Travelling hopefully': the dramatic form
of journeys in English Renaissance drama Peter
11. 'Seeing things': Amazons and cannibals
12. Industrious Ariel and idle Caliban Andrew
13. The New World in The Tempest Leo Salingar
14. 'What's past is prologue'. Metatheatrical
memory and transculturation in The Tempest
15. Lope de Vega and Shakespeare Kenneth Muir.