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The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton

Edited by Gary Taylor and Trish Thomas Henley

Volume 1, issue Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199559886
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559886.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton

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The articles in this handbook reinterpret the English Renaissance through the lens of one of its most original and least understood geniuses. Shakespeare's younger contemporary and collaborator, Thomas Middleton wrote modern comedies, tragedies, tragicomedies, history plays, masques, pageants, pamphlets, and poetry. The book provides an in-depth reaction to OUP's Collected Works of Thomas Middleton. It brings together an international, cross-generational team of experts to discuss all these genres through an equally diverse range of critical approaches, from feminism to stylistics, ecocriticism to performance studies, Aristotle to Zizek. Reinterpretations of canonical plays such as The Changeling, Women Beware Women, The Roaring Girl, and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside mingle with explorations of neglected or recently identified works. Middleton's dramatic use of dance, music, and clothing; Middletonian adaptation; his relationships to the classical world and to continental Europe; and his explorations of sexuality and religion, all receive attention. The book also provides new work on modern and postmodern reactions to Middleton, including recent Middleton revivals and films, and living artists' responses to his work – responses that range from the actresses who play Middleton's women to writers in various genres who have been inspired by his artistry.

Keywords: Thomas Middleton; comedies; tragedies; tragicomedies; history plays; masques; pageants; pamphlets; poetry; genres

Book.  688 pages. 

Subjects: Literature

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Unintroduction: Middletonian Dissensus in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton

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Thomas Middleton's Shelf Life in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton

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History ∙ Plays ∙ Genre ∙ Games in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton

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Middleton's Historical Imagination in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton

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Middleton And Dance in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton

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