Eds. Laura Kressly, Aida Patient, and Kimberly A. Williams, with a foreword by the playwright.
This interdisciplinary collection of short, accessible essays will serve as a supplementary text to Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s triple Olivier Award-winning play, Emilia. Critically acclaimed and beloved by audiences, this innovative and ground-breaking show is a speculative history, an imaginative (re)telling of the life of English Renaissance poet Aemilia Bassano Lanyer, who in addition to having been the first woman in England to write and publish her own poetry (Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum in 1611), is a chief contender for having been the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Featuring essays informed by feminist, critical race, queer, and intersectional analyses, this user-friendly volume of criticism and analysis will enable students and their teachers to consider the play’s context, related issues, and major themes from a wide variety of theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives.