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‘Partners in the businesse’: Middleton, Dekker, Jonson, Munday, Harrison, Christmas, Norman, Bucket, Challoner, Wilde

Hill, T (2017) ‘Partners in the businesse’: Middleton, Dekker, Jonson, Munday, Harrison, Christmas, Norman, Bucket, Challoner, Wilde. In: 45th Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, 5 - 8 April 2017, Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, GA, USA. (Forthcoming)

Abstract

The theme of this SAA seminar is Shakespeare’s collaborations with Middleton. I want to use that focus as the starting point for an exploration of Middleton as a collaborator in other contexts: with fellow writers other than Shakespeare, with other creative professionals, and in genres outside of the professional stage, such as the royal entry and the Lord Mayor’s Show. Middleton produced a large body of dramatic work across the entirety of his career which was staged outside of the professional theatres. His playwrighting can be dated back to 1602, when he was in his early 20s, and he first appears as a contributor to civic pageantry a year or two later. As in the theatre, he collaborated in this context with a number of peers, including Anthony Munday, Ben Jonson and Thomas Dekker. He also worked closely with other creative artists such as Garrett Christmas, the master carver, as well as with corporate bodies including the Great Twelve livery companies. My paper will reveal the extent of Middleton’s creative networks and the varying ways in which he presents himself and his collaborators as part of a collective enterprise. I will then use the 1617 Show, printed as The triumphs of honor and industry, as a case study to draw out these connections in more detail and to demonstrate the truly collaborative nature of Middleton’s output.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 15:09
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2016 15:09
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/8647
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