IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 210: Early Drama and Colonizing the New World

Monday 10 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Peter Greenfield, Department of English, University of Puget Sound, Washington
Moderator/Chair:Elza C. Tiner, Department of English / Department of Latin, Lynchburg College, Virginia
Paper 210-aPlaywrights and Colonizers: Rastell, Berkeley, Davenant
(Language: English)
Peter Greenfield, Department of English, University of Puget Sound, Washington
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 210-b'Golden Worlds': Colonizing the Americas in Drama and Deed, 1522-1617
(Language: English)
Sandra Dahlberg, Department of English, University of Houston-Downtown, Texas
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Performance Arts - Drama
Abstract

A century before Shakespeare’s Tempest, playwrights became fascinated with the colonial enterprise. This panel examines the shifting attitudes toward the New World environment and its inhabitants revealed in early drama, as Europe moved from discovery to colonization. Greenfield explores the lives and work of three playwrights who took active part in the colonial project. Dahlberg brings an Americanist’s perspective to Rastell’s interlude and Chapman’s masque.