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

By Nina Taunton

1590s Drama and Militarism is an interesting interdisciplinary research of varied textual interventions into the army realities of the overdue Elizabethan interval. Its significant energy 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 conflict' has been little studied by way of literary students, regardless of their richly rhetorical nature. Dr Taunton's research hence brings to mild a overlooked yet culturally major kind of Renaissance textuality. In doing so she is ready to shed new gentle at the Renaissance drama, which she indicates to have replied sensitively (and occasionally seriously) to those textual structures of exact battle, and problematised the nervous 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, merits immeasurably from being contextualised within the gentle 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 seen within the gentle 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 applicable (and severely inflected) use of Foucault's theories of surveillance, Lefebvre's theories in regards to the ideological construction of social area, and Michel de Certeau's theories of social perform are positioned to solid use in her research of army method. those theoretical views are usefully mixed with hugely particular and well-documented historic analyses.

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