Staging Early Modern Romance: Prose Fiction, Dramatic Romance, and Shakespeare

Mary Ellen Lamb, Valerie Wayne
Routledge, 13/01/2009 - 267

This collection recovers the continuities between three forms of romance that have often been separated from one another in critical discourse: early modern prose fiction, the dramatic romances staged in England during the 1570s and 1580s, and Shakespeares late plays. Although Pericles, Cymbeline, Winters Tale, and The Tempest have long been characterized as "romances," their connections with the popular prose romances of their day and the dramatic romances that preceded them have frequently been overlooked. Constructed to explore those connections, this volume includes original essays that relate at least one prose or dramatic romance to an English play written from 1570 to 1630. The introduction explores the use of the term "dramatic romance" over several centuries and the commercial association between print culture, gender, and drama. Eight essays discuss Shakespeares plays; three more examine plays by Beaumont, Fletcher, and Massinger. Other authors treated at some length include Boccaccio, Christine de Pizan, Chaucer, Sidney, Greene, Lodge, and Wroth. Barbara Mowats afterword considers Shakespeares use of Greek romance. Written by foremost scholars of Shakespeare and early modern prose fiction, this book explores the vital cross-currents that occurred between narrative and dramatic forms of Greek, medieval, and early modern romance.

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Acknowledgments
Gender
The Sources of Romance the Generation
Page and Stage 4 A Note Beyond Your Reach Prose Romances
STEVE MENTZ 5 Hamlet andEuordanus 91
Reading the Book of the Self in Shakespeares
The Issue of the Corpus Christi Cycles
Cymbeline s Intertexts
John
Beaumont and Fletchers
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Contributors

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Valerie Wayne is Professor of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is Associate General Editor of The Collected Works of Thomas Middleton (Oxford, 2007), editor of The Flower of Friendship by Edmund Tilney, and The Matter of Differerence.

Mary Ellen Lamb is Professor of English at Southern Illinois University and her most recent book is The Popular Culture of Shakespeare, Spenser, and Jonson (Routledge, 2006).