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The Court Masque

Author : David Lindley
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"Death proves them all but toyes": Nashe's unidealising show / Elizabeth Cook -- "In those figures which they seeme": Samuel Daniel's Tethys' festival / John Pitcher -- Music, masque and meaning in The tempest / David Lindley -- Sounding to present occasions: Jonson's masques of 1620-5 / Sara Pearl -- To that secure fix'd state': the function of the Caroline masque form / Jennifer Chibnall -- The reformation of the masque / David Norbrook -- The present aid of this occasion': the setting of Comus / John Creaser -- Location and meaning in masque, morality, and royal entertainment / Helen Cooper -- The French element in Inigo Jones's masque designs* / John Peacock -- Dryden's Albion and Albanius: the apotheosis of Charles II / Paul Hammond.

The Court Masque

Author : Enid Welsford
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Originally published in 1927, this book provides a detailed history of the English court masque from its origins until the reign of Charles II. The text is illustrated with drawings of masque costumes and set designs, and Welsford discusses the influence that masque had on later drama and the significance that the revels had at the time. The book will be of value to anyone with an interest in British theatre history and court masque.

The Politics of the Stuart Court Masque

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A 1998 collection which takes an alternative look at the courtly masque in early seventeenth-century England.

Shakespeare and the Court Masque

Author : Allardyce Nicoll
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Politics and Political Culture in the Court Masque

Author : J. Knowles
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Politics and Political Culture in the Court Masque considers the interconnections of the masque and political culture. It examines how masques responded to political forces and voices beyond the court, and how masques explored the limits of political speech in the Jacobean and Caroline periods.

The Problem in the Middle

Author : Gregory A Wilson
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Ben Jonson and Inigo Jones enjoyed one of the most successful theatrical collaborations of Renaissance England with their spectacular court masques. Wilson argues that the masque is in a perpetual state of liminality, existing in the margin between performance and an observing audience.

The Court Masque

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Sir William Davenant the Court Masque and the English Seventeenth century Scenic Stage C 1605 c 1700

Author : Dawn Lewcock
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This book examines why, when, how and where the scenic stage began in England. Little has been written about the development of theatrical scenery and how it was used in England in the seventeenth century, and what is known about the response to this innovation is fragmentary and uncertain. Unlike in Italy and France where scenery had been in use since the sixteenth century, the general public in England did not see plays presented against a painted location until Sir William Davenant presented The Siege of Rhodes at Lincoln's Inn Fields in 1661. Painted landscapes or seascapes, perspective views of cities or palaces, lighting effects, gods or goddesses flying down on to the stage in a chariot, all these had only been seen before on the masque stage at court or in the occasional private play performance. This study argues that Sir William Davenant (1606-1668) was involved almost from the beginning of the process and that his influence continued after his death; that, although painted scenery as such would undoubtedly have appeared on the public stage after 1660, it would not have been in the same way, for Davenant made particular positive contributions which brought about certain changes in both the presentation and reception of plays which would not have happened as they did without his work and influence. This is new work which uses dramaturgical and scenographical analysis of selected plays and masques, against known theatrical history, to discover how the staging of painted settings was organised from c1605 to c1700. This kind of investigation into the links between masque staging and the staging of plays has not been done in quite this way before. The study begins with Davenant's involvement with Inigo Jones and John Webb. It analyses the staging of the court masques and discusses what Davenant took from this and how he used the information. It suggests that the move towards verisimilitude in the drama on the scenic stage was due in part to Davenant's imaginative use of certain of the physical components of masque staging in presentations by the Duke's Company. It argues that he encouraged dramatists to integrate the scenery into their plots, particularly to provide for disclosures and discoveries, in ways not possible before. How, in so doing, he implicitly changed the stage conventions of time and place which audiences had accepted from the platform stage. It also argues that the parallel development of operatic spectacle derived mainly from the use by Killgrew and the King's Company of the techniques for engineering the spectacular effects of the transformation scenes of the masque stage to embellish the heroic drama by Dryden and others. It suggests that the two staging methods combined in the later seventeenth century to give more sophisticated ways of using the scenery and thus involved the scenic stage with the dialogue and the action in all genres, but that such experimentation ended when financial and commercial considerations made it no longer viable. Nevertheless it concludes that, by the eighteenth century, theatre practitioners had learnt to use the stage craft and mechanical techniques of the masque stage to integrate the visual with the aural aspects of a production, and that dramatists, once concerned solely with the aural expression of their theme, had become playwrights who allowed for the visual elements in their texts. Over fifty illustrations exemplify the discussion. This is an important book in the history of theatre, essential background for the staging of the court masque, and for the scenography of the Restoration theatre.

Court Masques

Author : David Lindley
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The masque had a brief but splendid life as the dominant mode of entertainment at the early Stuart court. This selection of 18 masques offers a fascinating insight into the culture and politics of the early 17th century.

Masques of Difference

Author : Ben Jonson
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Masques of difference' presents an annotated edition of four seventeenth-century entertainments written by Ben Jonson, which reflect the royal court's self-representation as moral and just, in contrast to stylised images of chaotically (and exotically) 'othered' groups: Africans, the Irish, witches, and the homoeroticised figure of the Gypsy.

The Court Masque

Author : Enid Welsford
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The Influence of the Court Masque Upon Elizabethan Drama

Author : S. Fletcher Sweet
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Court Masques

Author : Peter Holland
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This selection of 18 masques offers a fascinating insight into the culture and politics of the early 17th century.

The Influence of the Court Masque on Shakespeare s Last Plays

Author : Blanche McManus
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The Stuart Court Masque and Political Culture

Author : Martin Butler
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Examines the masques and court festivals staged between 1603 and 1640, demonstrating how they reflected and influenced the Stuart kingship.

Politics and Political Culture in the Court Masque

Author : J. Knowles
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Politics and Political Culture in the Court Masque considers the interconnections of the masque and political culture. It examines how masques responded to political forces and voices beyond the court, and how masques explored the limits of political speech in the Jacobean and Caroline periods.

Stuart Politics and the Court Masque

Author : Aidan John Barry Sinnott
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Court Masques of James I

Author : Mary Sullivan
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Ben Jonson

Author : Ben Jonson
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The Renaissance court masque, traditionally an entertainment of music, dancing, pageantry, and spectacular scenic effects, was transformed by Ben Jonson into a serious mode of literary expression. By using its peculiar viability as a forum for his dramatic imagination, Jonson resolved and transcended the satiric vision that was in many ways the substance of Jonsonian drama. He instructed as well as applauded his courtly audience and, with the aid of the great theatrical designer Inigo Jones, brought unity to the diverse elements of the masque, infusing them with a moral and poetic life. This modernized version of Jonson’s masques is the most carefully edited and annotated text available; it is also the first one-volume edition to be published. It includes the faithful reprinting of Jonson’s own glosses and notes, translated and annotated, as well as explanatory notes which offer the most detailed critical commentary ever undertaken. In the Introduction, itself and important essay about the Renaissance stage, Mr. Orgel discusses Jonson’s development of the masque in relation to Inigo Jones’ development of the illusionistic stage. Mr. Orgel is associate professor of English at the University of California in Berkeley.

The Masque of Patriotism and Truth Or the Court Fool Etc In One Act and in Prose and Verse

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