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Dramatic GeographyRomance, Intertheatricality, and Cultural Encounter in Early Modern Mediterranean Drama$
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Laurence Publicover

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806813

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806813.001.0001

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Intertheatricality and Propaganda

Intertheatricality and Propaganda

The Travels of the Three English Brothers

(p.143) 8 Intertheatricality and Propaganda
Dramatic Geography

Laurence Publicover

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the ways in which the collaborative drama The Travels of the Three English Brothers defends the Sherley brothers’ real-world political endeavours across Europe and Persia through its intertheatrical negotiations. Explaining the political background of those endeavours and their controversial nature, it illustrates how the playwrights liken the Sherleys to the heroes of dramas that had been popular on the early modern stage over the preceding twenty years, in particular Tamburlaine and The Merchant of Venice. It also examines the significance of Francis Beaumont’s specific parody, in The Knight of the Burning Pestle, of an episode in Travels in which the Persian Sophy acts as godfather to the child of Robert Sherley. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the role of playing companies in shaping dramatic output.

Keywords:   The Travels of the Three English Brothers, intertheatricality, propaganda, Sherley brothers, Persia, Ottoman Empire, Red Bull Theatre, romance, Tamburlaine, The Merchant of Venice

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