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Spectacles of State

Eugene M. Waith
Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900
Vol. 13, No. 2, Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama (Spring, 1973), pp. 317-330
Published by: Rice University
DOI: 10.2307/449742
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/449742
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

Court masques were "spectacles of state" in that they celebrated political order; and that order emanated from another "state" where the king sat enthroned to watch the masque. The various devices used by Jonson and his contemporaries to glorify and even transform the royal patron relate the politics of the masque to heroic poetics and correspond closely to the strategies of certain heroic plays and operas. The masques only make it more apparent that these other dramatic entertainments were often also "spectacles of state."

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