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bookaddict24-7 · 2 days ago
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•What’s your favourite thing about Autumn?•
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[ID: A photo of the short story collection, Slasher Girls and Monster Boys by various authors. The cover features a red demonic face with a toothy grin. The book is surrounded by dried flowers, coffee beans, cinnamon sticks, and a dice with the six dots facing up.]
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coffee-and-lit · 2 months ago
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Currently reading the Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.
My June Fairyloot box featured a beautiful metal bookmark inspired by the novel.
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whilereadingandwalking · 7 months ago
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Spending my night with red wine and a book that’s a new favorite.
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yabookaddiction · 2 months ago
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qotd: “‘I would have come for you. And if I couldn't walk, I'd crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we'd fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that's what we do. We never stop fighting.’” — Leigh Bardugo
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Rita Fei did a fantastic job capturing THAT kanej scene from “Crooked Kingdom!” Chapter 26 is definitely one of my favorite chapters in the duology! Thanks to A Touch of Magic Designs, I don’t think I’ll be able to take my eyes off of this piece! I’m curious to see how the Netflix series interprets this moment in time on the screen. What’s your favorite scene / moment from the “Six of Crows” duology?
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earlymoderngothic · 23 days ago
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Intro to English Renaissance Drama
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I’m back with another annoyingly long blog post about English Renassiance literature.
I’ve recently written about common forms of prose and poetry in Renaissance England and in this post, I’ll be exploring Renaissance drama. This post is going to be a little different to the others since there are fewer forms of drama: general plays, masques, academic drama, and closet drama. I’m sure there are more but these are the main ones. Of course, there are various genres but I’ve already written about popular theatrical genres and I don’t want to repeat myself.
I think I’m going to write a post in the future about the various places in which plays were performed so I’m not going to dwell on that too much in this post.
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General Plays
I’m calling this section ‘general plays’ because this is the form of drama we’re all familiar with. This section covers plays performed in outdoor playhouses, such as the Swan, and indoor playhouses, such as Blackfriars.
We usually talk about these plays in regards to their genre (with the main genres being comedy, tragedy, and history) and these plays were performed to anyone who could afford to attend. They were printed, although rarely, and they were performed by a variety of playing companies, some of which were made up entirely of child actors. For example, John Marston’s Antonio’s Revenge (a rather violent revenge tragedy) was performed by the Children of Paul’s and I don’t know how I’d react if I saw a troupe of young boys, some as young as 6, performing that play. Different times and all that, I guess.
Public plays weren’t the ‘highest’ form of literature in this time. In fact, some scholars claim that Elizabethans and Jacobeans wouldn’t have recognised this form of drama as ‘literature’. But these plays were a form of entertainment, just as plays are now, and they were the most accessible form of drama at this time. Even Queen Elizabeth I enjoyed them and some of these plays were performed at Court as well as in public theatres.
Examples:
Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare and George Peele (1594) – first performed on the 24th of January 1594 by Sussex’s Men, most likely at The Rose.
The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Francis Beaumont (1607) – first performed at Blackfriars Theatre
The Alchemist by Ben Jonson (1610) – appears to have been written to be performed at Blackfriars but an outbreak of the plague forced the play to be premiered in Oxford. Very ironic because the play is about the plague forcing a gentleman to flee London.
Masques
Masques were performed at Court or at the homes of aristocrats as a form of entertainment for members of the court during Royal progresses. These performances blended music, dance, poetry and drama.
Rather than being performed by professional actors, masques were performed by members of the court and women could perform in masques even though they could not perform on stage. Anne of Denmark, queen consort to James I, performed in several of Ben Jonson’s masques, including The Masque of Beauty. Usually, players were disguised by masques but sometimes they wore makeup.
Examples:
The Coronation Triumph, or The King’s Entertainment by Ben Jonson and Thomas Dekker (1604)
Love Freed from Ignorance and Folly by Ben Jonson (1616)
The World Tossed at Tennis by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley (1620)
Closet Drama
A closet drama was a play that was not intended to be performed onstage and this form is usually defined as a genre of dramatic writing that was unconcerned with stage technique. They were meant to be read either by a solitary reader or read aloud by a small group.
A playwright may have chosen to write a closet drama for a number of reasons. Staging was one reason and a lack of audience expectations was another. Playwrights also wrote closet dramas when they wanted to avoid censorship or if they didn’t have access to commercial theatre. Women playwrights usually fall into the latter category and closet dramas presented an opportunity for women to write drama.
During the Interregnum, playwrights were essentially forced to write closet dramas because theatrical performance was banned and the theatres were closed.
Examples:
Alaham by Fulke Greville
The Tragedy of Antonie by Mary Sidney (1592)
The Tragedy of Cleopatra by Samuel Daniel (1594)
Academic drama
Academic dramas were plays produced at Oxford University and Cambridge University, and sometimes the Inns of Court, that were based on Greek and Latin plays. Universities performed both classical and neoclassical plays. Academic dramas were mainly written by students and academics and they were used to teach both playwrighting and acting.
Oxford University usually performed their dramas at Christ Church and St. John’s College while Cambridge performed at a variety of their colleges. Audiences were usually made up of other students but both Elizabeth I and James I attended performances at Oxford.
Examples1:
Supposes by George Gascoigne (1581-1582) – Performed in English at Trinity, Oxford
Terminus et non terminus by Thomas Nashe and other students (c.1586) – Performed in Latin at St. John’s, Cambridge
Leander by W. Hawkesworth (1598-1599) – Performed in Latin at Trinity, Cambridge
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That’s it for my Introduction to English Renaissance Literature series! If you’d like to see a post about a writer, play, or genre that’s been mentioned in this post or a similar post to this about another era (i.e. the Restoration, 18th century, 19th century etc.) please let me know.
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Footnotes: 1. All information taken from Fredrick Boas, University Drama in the Tudor Age (New York: Benjamin Blom Inc., 1966)
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basement-bookcase19 · 3 months ago
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“I find the idea comforting… that thousands of years after you're gone… is when you really live. That your echo is louder than your voice.”
~ Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
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victorias-tragedies · 9 days ago
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Went to B&N today and got six new books! So excited to read them (but it’ll be a while for Bitterblue and Fire considering I haven’t even read Graceling😭). I don’t usually read contemp romances like It Ends With Us but I wanted to try it out because it’s so hyped. 
books pictured:
The Other Tudors by Philippa Jones
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Circe by Madeline Miller
Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer
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whilereadingandwalking · 23 days ago
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It's that time again—time to make a list of everything I'm working on to remind myself how wildly busy I truly am, and to prove to my anxiety that I am definitely being productive!
📚Reading—on my way to reading well over 200 books this year 
📝Querying my YA contemporary manuscript & hoping for good responses 
🍋Working full-time as editor-in-chief of an alumni magazine 
🌾Researching and writing lists of books-in-translation each month for Book Riot Reviewing four books a month for Booklist 
⚽️Staying up-to-date with the Chicago Sky, Red Stars, and White Sox, and attending games when I can 
📖Journaling regularly 
☀️Trying to find time to do yoga and work out 🧸Seeing / video-chatting / writing letters to friends
📸Managing my anxiety as well as my chronic illness, pericarditis flare-ups, & chronic pain in my hands 
🍋Getting groceries, cooking dinner, and feeding my boyfriend and I 
🌊Writing postcards to voters in New Jersey to encourage them to vote in November's election 
🌻Maintaining this blog—posting, taking photos, writing reviews
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yabookaddiction · 4 months ago
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qotd: who is your favorite character from the grishaverse?
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my favorite character would have to be nina zenik! not only is she kind and witty, but she is so strong. despite being a heartrender, a grisha many fear because of their ability to tear the air from their enemies lungs, she uses her power to heal (a difficult task for heartrenders). in addition, nina is incredibly loyal to those she loves and will do anything to protect them. danielle galligan did an amazing job portraying nina in the show and i’m so excited to see what she does with the character in future seasons. 🌘🤍
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lifeofbrybooks · 2 months ago
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I’m starting to think that my review of “Clockwork Prince” is just going to be an official apology to William Herondale and all who love him.
Ya’ll were right … I adore him. My heart already hurts tremendously, and I still have a few chapters to go.
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