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Seizures of the Will in Early Modern English Drama (Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture) Paperback – 26 Jan 1996


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"Whigham succeeds admirably in his effort to complicate and expand historicist analysis of the notion of will, and this book provides a fine map for further critical exploration of early modern English Drama." B.R. Siegfried, The Sixteenth Century Journal

"...the analysis of the drama Whigham offers is... exhilirating..." Karen Bamford, Essays in Theatre

"The analyses of the plays are rich, multilayered and open-ended, and each chapter provides a wealth of fascinating information about early modern culture and social structures." Rebecca W. Bushnell, Modern Philology

"Theoretical grounding, interest in material life, entertaining allusions--these qualities coupled with Whigham's generous yet incisive method make Seizures a dive that brings up some true treasures." Ann C. Christensen, Jrnl Of English & Germanic Philology

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Frank Whigham presents a detailed analysis of English Renaissance plays in the context of social rank, gender, kinship, and service relationships. He explores fantasies of the lurid and decadent life at the centre of national culture, and examines the collisions between rural values and newfangled metropolitan behaviour.

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Thomas Kyd's Spanish Tragedy provides an essential beginning for studying how fantasies of power and control and achieved security work within and against the social constraints of early modern English culture. Read the first page
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God, what a badly written book. The ideas aren't bad, but didn't anybody edit this?
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