By Adrian Streete

ISBN-10: 1108416144

ISBN-13: 9781108416146

This booklet examines the numerous and sundry makes use of of apocalyptic and anti-Catholic language in seventeenth-century English drama. Adrian Streete argues that this rhetoric isn't easily an expression of spiritual bigotry, neither is it simply deployed at moments of political situation. relatively, it really is an adaptable and versatile language with nationwide and overseas implications. It deals a degree of team spirit and order in a risky century. via rethinking the connection among theatre, theology and polemic, Streete indicates how playwrights exploited those connections for a various variety of political ends. Chapters specialize in playwrights like Marston, Middleton, Massinger, Shirley, Dryden and Lee, and on a variety of issues together with imperialism, cause of nation, trade, prostitution, resistance, prophecy, church reform and liberty. Drawing on vital fresh paintings in non secular and political heritage, it is a significant re-interpretation of ways and why spiritual rules are debated within the early smooth theatre.

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