I’m trying to get in the habit of reading early modern drama regularly. Immediately, I’m working on putting together a proposal for a new project and I want to have a range of plays to draw from — but I also want to have a fuller sense of early modern drama more generally. My dissertation focussed on Jacobean and Caroline comedies, but this means there are still tragedies (and tragicomedies) from those eras (as well as loads of comedies by the less canonical playwrights), and so many works (including masques, pageants, and closet dramas) from the Tudor reigns, and works from the early Restoration.
This week I’m reading Berkeley’s The Lost Lady which so far is a typical Caroline tragicomedy with lots of murder and revenge, but also lots of bawdy jokes. Actually, there’s been so much of the former that it’s a bit difficult to imagine how it’s going to end happily. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
8 April 2015