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Title: The Niniversity at the Bankside: Robert Greene's Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay
Authors: Knight, Sarah Marie
First Published: Jul-2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: Knight, SM, The Niniversity at the Bankside: Robert Greene's Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, ed. Betteridge, T;Walker, G, 'The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama', Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 355-370
Abstract: Robert Greene's The Honorable Historie of frier Bacon, and frier Bongay heralded the peculiar Elizabethan phenomenon of scholars on the commercial stage: like his fellow Cambridge graduate Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, Friar Bacon presents a half-fanciful, half-historicized academe, transforming experience of Elizabethan Cambridge into a theatrical vision of high medieval Oxford. Like many Elizabethan history plays among which Greene's Honorable Historie purports to belong, although set during the reign of the Plantagenet Henry III (r. 1216–72), Friar Bacon frequently refers to contemporary institutional preoccupations, but unusually, rather than concentrating on institutions like the court, legal system, or church, Greene's concerns are for educational institutions. Greene mixes his sources idiosyncratically to construct his play, and these range from texts with an institutional purpose, like progress narratives and university statutes, to more concertedly entertaining literary forms, such as the vernacular chapbook. His diversity of sources knits into a richly textured representation of the worlds on which the various texts touch.
DOI Link: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199566471.013.0022
ISBN: 9780199566471
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Chapter
Rights: Copyright © 2012 Oxford University Press. This material was originally published in 'The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama' edited by Betteridge, T;Walker, G, and has been reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press For permission to reuse this material, please visit
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