Prodigality in Early Modern Drama (Studies in Renaissance Literature)De (autor) Ezra Horbury
en Limba Engleză Hardback – 30 Aug 2019
This book analyses the prodigal youth archetype in early modern drama, examining plays by Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, Randolph, Chapman, Marston, Beaumont and Fletcher, Davenport, Gascoigne, Heywood, as well as anonymous works and morality plays. The theatres, which were so often criticised for financial excess, became the perfect setting for the rebellious exploits of prodigal youths, and their rises and falls were dramatised with increasing glamorisation between 1500 and 1642. By discussing humanist education practices, Aristotelian ethics, urban change, cuckoldry, usury, and sex work, the author offers the first examination of prodigality and the ways in which England at first condemned, then tolerated, and then eventually came to celebrate excessive spending.
EZRA HORBURY is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in English at University College London.