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Captive Children: John Lyly, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and child impressment on the Early Modern stage

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The story of the stolen Indian Boy who is the subject of the dispute between Oberon and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream has gained increasing critical scrutiny in recent years. In this article I examine this episode in the light of the practice of child impressment by all-boy acting companies, which was common in the decade before the play was written. In particular, I explore a connection with John Lyly, whose play Galatea was an influence on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In Galatea Lyly m...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1111/rest.12389

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
English Faculty
Oxford college:
St Catherines College
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Renaissance Studies Journal website
Publication date:
2018
Acceptance date:
2017-12-22
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EISSN:
1477-4658
ISSN:
0269-1213
Pubs id:
pubs:819925
URN:
uri:e7a7500b-9619-4839-9a68-e1fd3219b5c8
UUID:
uuid:e7a7500b-9619-4839-9a68-e1fd3219b5c8
Local pid:
pubs:819925

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