The Masque Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Bevington, David and Peter Holbrook, eds. The Politics of the Stuart Court Masque. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 1998, 335 p.

Applies new insights from social and cultural history in the study of the political significance of the masque under the reign of James I and Charles I.

Burden, Michael. Garrick, Arne and the Masque of “Alfred”: A Case Study in National, Theatrical and Musical Politics. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1994, 155.

Places the masque Alfred within the context of the history of the masque genre.

Butler, Martin. “Reform or Reverence? The Politics of the Caroline Masque.” In Theatre and Government Under the Early Stuarts, pp. 118-56. Edited by J. R. Mulryne and Margaret Shewring. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Reexamines scholarship on the relation of Charles I's rule and Caroline masques.

Gatti, Hilary. “Giordano Bruno and the Stuart Court Masques.” Renaissance Quarterly 48, No. 4 (Winter 1995): 809-42.

Considers the profound and widespread influence of Giordano Bruno on the masque through Thomas Carew's use of Bruno's writing in Coelum Britannicum.

Limon, Jerzy. The Masque of Stuart Culture. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1990, 236 p.

Studies and compares the literary and theatrical aspects of the seventeenth-century masques.

Loewenstein, Joseph. Responsive Readings: Versions of Echo in Pastoral, Epic, and the Jonsonian Masque. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1984, 192 p.

Discusses the specific and unique ways in which Ben Jonson shaped his masques in response to social, political, and literary developments.

Prescott, Anne Lake. “The Stuart Masque and Pantagruel's Dreams.” ELH 51, No. 3 (Autumn 1984): 407-30.

Traces the influence of François Rabelais on Stuart masques.

Schwarz, Kathryn. “Amazon Reflections in the Jacobean Queen's Masque.” Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 35, No. 2 (Spring 1995): 293-319.

Examines the dynamics of power and gender in Jacobean queen's masques.

Steele, Mary Susan. Preface. In Plays & Masques at Court During the Reigns of Elizabeth, James and Charles, pp. vii-xii. New York: Russell & Russell, 1926.

Outlines the process and importance of compiling a complete list of court performances from 1558-1642.

Strout, Nathaniel. “Jonson's Jacobean Masques and the Moral Imagination.” SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 27, No. 2 (Spring 1987): 233-47.

Outlines Ben Jonson's intentions to address moral issues in the Jacobean masque.