© 2003

The Performance of Pleasure in English Renaissance Drama


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ronald Huebert
    Pages 1-22
  3. Ronald Huebert
    Pages 23-45
  4. Ronald Huebert
    Pages 46-68
  5. Ronald Huebert
    Pages 69-85
  6. Ronald Huebert
    Pages 107-128
  7. Ronald Huebert
    Pages 129-155
  8. Ronald Huebert
    Pages 156-175
  9. Ronald Huebert
    Pages 176-184
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 185-218

About this book


Offering new and theatrically informed readings of plays by a broad range of Renaissance dramatists - including Marlowe, Jonson, Marston, Webster, Middleton and Ford - this new book addresses the question of pleasure: both erotic pleasure as represented on stage and aesthetic pleasure as experienced by readers and spectators. Some of the issues raised (the distribution of pleasure by gender, the notion of consent) intersect with feminist reinterpretations of Renaissance culture.


drama dramatist Renaissance

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dalhousie UniversityCanada
  2. 2.The University of King’s CollegeNova ScotiaUK

About the authors

RONALD HUEBERT is Professor of English at Dalhousie University and Carnegie Professor at the University of King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is the current editor of The Dalhousie Review, the author of John Ford: Baroque English Dramatist and the editor of James Shirley's The Lady of Pleasure in the Revels series.

Bibliographic information


'Huebert's evident fascination with his subject results in a very readable and engaging book, both for scholars of the renaiisance and interested is ultimately a highly interasting, thoughtful, well-structured, and 'pleasurable' encounter with an influential theme inherent in English Renaissance drama.' - Winter Elliott, Consciousness, Literature and the Arts