UNDER THIS RUBRIC Shakespeare Studies presents the first in an annual series of essays on drama as practiced in various regions of the world between ca. 1500 and 1700. These pieces have been commissioned to speak to the scholarly interests of readers who may be unfamiliar with the work being done in dramatic activity outside of Renaissance England. Accordingly the editor has asked the authors of these short essays to familiarize us with the state of research, perceived problems, and the shape of future emphases in each field.
Mere synchronicity, of course, cannot in itself dictate either the shapes of problems or their solutions in ways likely to be relevant to the study of early modern English Early Modern English refers to the stage of the English language used from about the end of the Middle English period (the latter half of the 15th century) to 1650. Thus, the first edition of the King James Bible and the works of William Shakespeare both belong to the late phase theater; the world in 1500 was vast. But in the last few years we have been continually surprised by the depth and number of instances of cultural interpenetration In`ter`pen`e`tra´tion
n. 1. The act or process of penetrating between or within other substances; mutual penetration; also, the result of a process of interpenetration.
Noun 1. , and, in the end, surely we are not the worse off for knowing more about the status of dramatic practices outside of Renaissance England. The analogies that present themselves in ways that enrich our understanding of our own research projects may well be the least of the benefits accrued through the intellectual generosity of our invited authors.
This volume offers such studies of 1) the drama of the Spanish Golden Age