Masters and Servants in English Renaissance Drama and Culture

Authority and Obedience

  • Authors
  • MarkĀ ThorntonĀ Burnett

Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Mark Thornton Burnett
    Pages 1-13
  3. Mark Thornton Burnett
    Pages 14-53
  4. Mark Thornton Burnett
    Pages 54-78
  5. Mark Thornton Burnett
    Pages 79-117
  6. Mark Thornton Burnett
    Pages 118-154
  7. Mark Thornton Burnett
    Pages 155-191
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 192-225

About this book


Drawing upon archival material as well as the drama, popular verse and pamphlets, this book reads representations of masters and servants in relation to key Renaissance preoccupations. Apprentices, journeymen, male domestic servants, maidservants and stewards, Burnett argues, were deployed in literary texts to address questions about the exercise of power, social change and the threat of economic upheaval. In this way, writers were instrumental in creating servant 'cultures', and spaces within which forms of political resistance could be realized.


culture Renaissance social change society

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