Thesis / Dissertation

On the Uses of Renaissance Genre

David Patrick Rowland, David McInnis (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

Scholars have long recognized that English Renaissance texts are marked by generic experimentation and ambiguity, but the implications that this carries for the category of genre itself have not been sufficiently explored. The broad contention of this thesis is that the productiveness that marked genre in the early modern period is a consequence of the different uses to which it was put by a variety of stakeholders. For these stakeholders – the playwrights, critics, playing companies, and printers of the early modern period – genre became a site where contests over commercial, pragmatic, and symbolic investments could be played out. Genre in this period thereby functioned as a crucible where..

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