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

By Nina Taunton

1590s Drama and Militarism is an engaging interdisciplinary examine of varied textual interventions into the army realities of the overdue 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 warfare' has been little studied via literary students, regardless of their richly rhetorical nature. Dr Taunton's research therefore brings to mild a missed yet culturally major kind of Renaissance textuality. In doing so she is ready to shed new mild at the Renaissance drama, which she exhibits to have replied sensitively (and occasionally seriously) to those textual structures of exact battle, and problematised the worried idealisations of the army manuals. the actual readings of performs listed here are richly lucrative for the coed of Renaissance drama-the value of Henry's nocturnal surveillance of his personal camp at the eve of the conflict of Agincourt, for instance, merits 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 is usually given specific value while considered within the mild of the modern proscriptions concerning the presence of girls in camps through the army campaigns within the Low nations. during this examine Dr Taunton makes acceptable (and seriously inflected) use of Foucault's theories of surveillance, Lefebvre's theories concerning the ideological construction of social house, and Michel de Certeau's theories of social perform are positioned to reliable use in her research of army technique. those theoretical views are usefully mixed with hugely particular and well-documented ancient analyses.

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