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Metadrama and the Informer in Shakespeare and Jonson

Bill Angus


This book explores the metadramatic plays and devices of Shakespeare and Jonson and finds at the core of their metadrama some disturbing connections, and even an uneasy sense of common practice, between authors and the shadowy figure of the informer. It offers insight into the internal workings and motivations of Shakespeare’s and Jonson’s dramatic structures and opens a new window on their ambitions, concerns and fears. In doing so, it enhances our historical understanding of the structures of authority and society within which the drama was produced, and the place of the informer in those st ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Jonson, metadrama, informer, intelligencer, authority, author, early modern, drama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474415118
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415118.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bill Angus, author
Massey University