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Thomas Middleton, Renaissance Dramatist

Michelle O'Callaghan

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Thomas Middleton is one of the major English Renaissance dramatists alongside Marlowe, Shakespeare and Jonson. Middleton continues to fascinate audiences and readers with his black humour, his wry and witty treatment of sexuality, morality, and politics. He is a consummate professional dramatist, experimenting with stagecraft in a manner that combines the visual and the verbal to startling effect.

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Chapter 1: Life
Chapter 2: City Comedies: Mad World, My Masters, Michaelmas Term, and A Trick to Catch the Old One
Chapter 3: Authorship, Collaboration and the London Theatre: Middleton and Dekker, The Roaring Girl
Chapter 4: Tragicomedy and the City: Chaste Maid in Cheapside and No Wit, No Help Like a Woman
Chapter 5: The Playwright as Craftsman: Middleton's Civic Pageants
Chapter 6: Plotting Revenge: Revenger's Tragedy and Women Beware Women
Chapter 7: Partners in Tragedy: Middleton and Rowley, The Changeling
Chapter 8: Politics and Theatre: A Game at Chess

About the Author

Michelle O'Callaghan is Reader in Early Modern Literature in the Department of English and American Literature at the University of Reading. She is the author of The English Wits: Literature and Sociability in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and The 'Shepheards Nation': Jacobean Spenserians and early Stuart political culture (Oxford University Press, 2000), and has published essays on early modern literature and politics, sociability, travel, and ghosts.

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