Date of Completion

Spring 5-10-2009

Honors Major

English

Disciplines

English Language and Literature | History | Literature in English, British Isles | Other Theatre and Performance Studies | Political Science | Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History

Abstract

The project seeks to offer an alternative interpretation of sport culture in Renaissance England with respect to theater and football. I seek to show how sport culture, although seemingly threatening to the state, actually reinforces the monarchy due to its ability to provide the people with a controlled social release. The prose explores the function of carnival in sport culture and the way in which the two are manifested in football and theater in the Renaissance.