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By Jeremy Lopez

For 100 years the drama of Shakespeare's contemporaries has been constantly represented in anthologies, edited texts, and the serious culture via a well-known crew of approximately dozen performs working from Kyd's Spanish Tragedy to Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore when it comes to Dekker, Jonson, Middleton and Webster. How used to be this canon created, and what ideological and institutional capabilities does it serve? What preceded it, and is it attainable for it to turn into anything else? Jeremy Lopez takes up those questions by way of tracing a background of anthologies of 'non-Shakespearean' drama from Robert Dodsley's opt for selection of previous performs (1744) via these lately released by means of Blackwell, Norton, and Routledge. Containing dozens of brief, provocative readings of surprising performs, this ebook will gain those that search a broader feel of the period's surprising array of forms.

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