Michaelmas term /

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Main Author: Middleton, Thomas, d. 1627.
Other Authors: Paster, Gail Kern.
Format: Book
Published:Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press, c2000.
Series:Revels plays
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Paster's edition of Michaelmas Term fulfills all of the high expectations that one has of volumes in the "Revels Plays" series. Written around 1605, Michaelmas Term satirizes merchant-gentry rivalries, ambition for money and lands, class distinctions, and sexuality as a means of rising socially in the London of its time. Paster's introduction and copious notes provide excellent guidance to these cultural dynamics and their social milieu, including the performance of the play by the Children of Paul's (a company of boy actors), the tricks that a merchant might use to swindle a gullible gentleman from the country, the cultural importance of male friendships, anti-Scot sentiments, and clothing as a class marker. She provides many useful suggestions for staging, and her notes provide a particularly thorough explication of the sexual innuendo that runs throughout the play. The textual and commentary notes conveniently appear on the same page as the text they explicate. Going beyond authors, titles, and subjects, the index includes vocabulary that has been explicated in the notes. This is a superb resource for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. Very highly recommended. B. E. Brandt South Dakota State University

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