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David and Bathsheba

George Peele

Edited by Mathew R. Martin

David and Bathsheba
Paperback

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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6398-1
  • Pages: 200
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: August 2022
  • BIC Category: Theatre Studies, Literature, Plays, playscripts, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / General, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 16th Century, LITERARY CRITICISM / Renaissance, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: plays & playwrights, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literature & literary studies / Plays, playscripts, Early Modern Literature
  • Series: The Revels Plays

Description

David and Bathsheba presents a modernised edition of George Peele's explosive biblical drama about the tangled lives, deadly liaisons, and twisted histories of Ancient Israel's royal family. Martin's critical edition is the first modern single-volume edition of the play since 1912 and opens up this unduly neglected gem of English Renaissance drama to student and scholar alike. The introduction examines such topics as the play's treatment of its biblical and poetic sources, its engagement with Elizabethan politics, and its forceful representations of religious fanaticism, genocide, and sexual violence. Its commentary notes clarify the text's meaning and staging, guide the reader through the play's dramatisation of the turbulent Davidic period of Ancient Israel's history, and place the play in its broader cultural and artistic milieu. Martin's edition aims to encourage new contemporary critical study of Peele's powerful and disturbing drama.

Contents

INTRODUCTION
George Peele
David and Bathsheba
David in medieval and Renaissance literature and culture
David and Bathsheba
, Elizabethan politics, and Marlowe
David and Bathsheba
, Queen Elizabeth, and sexual violence
Sources
David and Bathsheba
, biblical drama, and performance provenance
The text
Conclusion
DAVID AND BATHSHEBA
INDEX

Editor

Mathew R. Martin is Full Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Brock University, Canada

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