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Author Taunton, Nina.

Title 1590s drama and militarism : portrayals of war in Marlowe, Chapman, and Shakespeare's Henry V / Nina Taunton
Published Aldershot, Hampshire, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2001]
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Description 1 online resource (239 pages)
Contents Introduction: The brazen throat of war 1 -- i The real and the ideal: Sutcliffe, Essex 23 -- ii Alternative model: Northumberland 36 -- iii Marlowe's Tamburlaine 58 -- iv Shakespeare's Henry V 62 -- v Commanders in action: Henri IV of France, the Birons and Roger Williams; the siege of Rouen 69 -- vi Chapman's Byron 79 -- Part II Stratagems of war -- i Strategy 93 -- ii Tactics 111 -- iii Numbers 125 -- iv Arms and the man 132 -- v Rhetoric 146 -- Part III Camps -- i Watchfulness: Henry V 159 -- ii Locations: Caesar and Pompey 183 -- iii Forbidden presences: the women in the Tamburlaine plays 202
Summary "1590s Drama and Militarism: Portrayals of War in Marlowe, Chapman and Shakespeare's Henry V is a fascinating interdisciplinary study of various textual interventions into the military realities of the late Elizabethan period. Its major strength is its insistence on the discursive nature of militarism, and the author convincingly uses literary and non-literary texts - including manuals and contemporary military correspondence - to reconstruct the particular anxieties which surrounded the military exigencies of the 1590s, a particularly fraught and unstable period of the aging queen's reign." "The literature of the 'art of war' has been little studied by literary scholars, despite their richly rhetorical nature. Dr Taunton's analysis thus brings to light a neglected but culturally significant form of Renaissance textuality. In doing so she is able to shed new light on Renaissance drama, which she shows to have responded sensitively (and sometimes critically) to these textual constructions of actual warfare, and problematised the anxious idealisations of the military manuals." "The particular readings of plays here are richly rewarding for the scholar of Renaissance drama - the significance of Henry's nocturnal surveillance of his own camp on the eve of the battle of Agincourt, for example, benefits immeasurably from being contextualised in the light of contemporary theories of encampment. The role of the women in Tamburlaine's camp is also given particular significance when viewed in the light of the contemporary proscriptions regarding the presence of women in camps during the military campaigns in the Low Countries." "In this study Dr Taunton makes appropriate (and critically inflected) use of Foucault's theories of surveillance. Lefebvre's theories about the ideological production of social space and Michel de Certeau's theories of social practice are also put to good use in her analysis of military strategy. These theoretical perspectives are usefully combined with highly specific and well-documented historical analyses."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-231) and index
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Subject Henry V, King of England, 1387-1422 -- In literature.
Chapman, George, 1559?-1634 -- Knowledge -- Military art and science.
Marlowe, Christopher, 1564-1593 -- Knowledge -- Military art and science.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Henry V
Henry V, King of England, 1387-1422.
Chapman, George, 1559?-1634.
Marlowe, Christopher, 1564-1593.
Henry V (Shakespeare, William)
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism
Generals in literature
Military art and science in literature
War in literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1351963139