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Intelligence and metadrama in the early modern theatre / Bill Angus.

Author/Creator:
Angus, Bill, author.
Publication:
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2019]
Format/Description:
Book
186 pages ; 24 cm
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Subjects:
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
Intellect in literature.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Summary:
Intelligence and Metadrama in the Early Modern Theatre offers insight into why the early modern stage abounds with informer and intelligencer figures. Analysing both the nature of intelligence at the time and the metadrama that such characters generate, Angus highlights the significance of intrigue and corruption to dramatic narrative and structure. His study of metadrama reveals some of the most fundamental questions being posed about the legitimacy of authority, authorship and audience interpretation in this seminal era of English drama.
Contents:
Introduction: Errant intelligence
The devil's own
'Subtle sleights' : Amity and the informer in Damon and Pithias
The Parasites of Machiavel
The Knight of the burning pestle and the menace of the audience
The reluctant informer : humanising the beast
Metadrama and the murderous nature of authority
The burning issue : metadrama and contested authority in Chettle's Hoffman
Conclusion: No one is there
ubiquity and invisibility.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781474432917
1474432913
OCLC:
1039916478