1590s Drama and Militarism: Portrayals of War in Marlowe, by Nina Taunton

By Nina Taunton

1590s Drama and Militarism is an engaging interdisciplinary research of varied textual interventions into the army realities of the past due Elizabethan interval. Its significant power is its insistence at the discursive nature of militarism, and the writer convincingly makes use of literary and non-literary texts-including manuals and modern army correspondence-to reconstruct the actual anxieties which surrounded the army exigencies of the 1590s, a very fraught and volatile interval of the getting older queen's reign. The literature of the 'art of battle' has been little studied by way of literary students, regardless of their richly rhetorical nature. Dr Taunton's research therefore brings to mild a ignored yet culturally major type of Renaissance textuality. In doing so she is ready to shed new mild at the Renaissance drama, which she exhibits to have answered sensitively (and occasionally significantly) to those textual structures of tangible war, and problematised the frightened idealisations of the army manuals. the actual readings of performs listed below are richly lucrative for the student of Renaissance drama-the importance of Henry's nocturnal surveillance of his personal camp at the eve of the conflict of Agincourt, for instance, advantages immeasurably from being contextualised within the mild of up to date theories of encampment. The function of the ladies in Tamburlaine's camp in Marlowe's performs can be given specific importance whilst considered within the mild of the modern proscriptions in regards to the presence of ladies in camps in the course of the army campaigns within the Low nations. during this examine Dr Taunton makes applicable (and seriously inflected) use of Foucault's theories of surveillance, Lefebvre's theories concerning the ideological creation of social house, and Michel de Certeau's theories of social perform are positioned to solid use in her research of army process. those theoretical views are usefully mixed with hugely particular and well-documented old analyses.

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