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Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama: Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama


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Performance assumes a string of creative, analytical, and collaborative acts that, in defiance of theatrical ephemerality, live on through records, manuscripts, and printed books.The monographs and essay collections in Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama offer original research which addresses theatre and performance histories in the context of the sixteenth and seventeenth century life, presenting new ways of thinking about early modern performance and drama.

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Civic Performance: Pageantry and entertainments in early modern London

Civic Performance: Pageantry and entertainments in early modern London

Forthcoming

J Caitlin Finlayson, Amrita Sen
July 10, 2018

Pageantry in sixteenth and seventeenth century London played a major role in civic life not merely as spectacle but as a means of formulating, articulating, and often transforming civic identity. Civic Performance: Pageantry and Entertainments in Early Modern London brings together essays by...

Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare's England

Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare's England

Forthcoming

Stephannie Gearhart
March 28, 2018

Even a cursory glance at early modern drama reveals that it was fascinated by the issue of fraught intergenerational relations. Why, though, was elder-youth conflict the subject of so many of the period’s plays, and what were the "real life" ramifications of dramatizing generational conflict on the...

The Chester Cycle in Context, 1555–1575: Religion, Drama, and the Impact of Change

The Chester Cycle in Context, 1555–1575: Religion, Drama, and the Impact of Change

Jessica Dell, David Klausner, Helen Ostovich
May 24, 2017

The Chester Cycle in Context, 1555-1575 considers the implications of recent archival research which has profoundly changed our view of the continuation of performances of Chester's civic biblical play cycle into the reign of Elizabeth I. Scholars now view the decline and ultimate abandonment of...

Staging Spectatorship in the Plays of Philip Massinger

Staging Spectatorship in the Plays of Philip Massinger

Joanne Rochester
March 02, 2017

The playwrights composing for the London stage between 1580 and 1642 repeatedly staged plays-within and other metatheatrical inserts. Such works present fictionalized spectators as well as performers, providing images of the audience-stage interaction within the theatre. They are as much enactments...

Performance, Poetry and Politics on the Queen's Day: Catherine de Médicis and Pierre de Ronsard at Fontainebleau

Performance, Poetry and Politics on the Queen's Day: Catherine de Médicis and Pierre de Ronsard at Fontainebleau

Virginia Scott, Sara Sturm-Maddox
March 02, 2017

This collaborative, interdisciplinary study explores a variety of issues in theatrical and literary history that converge in two performances given at the palace of Fontainebleau on 13 February 1564. Part of the fabled Fêtes de Fontainebleau, this carnival Sunday entertainment was produced at the...

Theatricality and Narrative in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland

Theatricality and Narrative in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland

John J. McGavin
March 02, 2017

Theatricality and Narrative in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland analyses narrative accounts of public theatricality in late medieval and early-modern Scottish culture (pre-1645). Literary texts such as journal, memoir and chronicles reveal a complex spectatorship in which eye witness, textual...

The Children's Troupes and the Transformation of English Theater 1509-1608: Pedagogue, Playwrights, Playbooks, and Play-boys

The Children's Troupes and the Transformation of English Theater 1509-1608: Pedagogue, Playwrights, Playbooks, and Play-boys

Jeanne McCarthy
January 24, 2017

The Children’s Troupes and the Transformation of English Theater 1509–1608 uncovers the role of the children’s companies in transforming perceptions of authorship and publishing, performance, playing spaces, patronage, actor training, and gender politics in the sixteenth century. Jeanne McCarthy...

Masks and Masking in Medieval and Early Tudor England

Masks and Masking in Medieval and Early Tudor England

Meg Twycross, Sarah Carpenter
November 30, 2016

Drawing on broad research, this study explores the different social and theatrical masking activities in England during the Middle Ages and the early 16th century. The authors present a coherent explanation of the many functions of masking, emphasizing the important links among festive practice,...

Early Modern Academic Drama

Early Modern Academic Drama

Paul D. Streufert, Jonathan Walker
November 28, 2016

In this essay collection, the contributors contend that academic drama represents an important, but heretofore understudied, site of cultural production in early modern England. Focusing on plays that were written and performed in academic environments such as Oxford University, Cambridge...

Performing Maternity in Early Modern England

Performing Maternity in Early Modern England

Kathryn R. McPherson, Kathryn M. Moncrief
November 28, 2016

Performing Maternity in Early Modern England features essays that share a common concern with exploring maternity's cultural representation, performative aspects and practical consequences in the period from 1540-1690. The essays interrogate how early modern texts depict fertility, conception,...

The Disguised Ruler in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

The Disguised Ruler in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

Kevin A. Quarmby
November 16, 2016

In the early seventeenth century, the London stage often portrayed a ruler covertly spying on his subjects. Traditionally deemed 'Jacobean disguised ruler plays', these works include Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, Marston's The Malcontent and The Fawn, Middleton's The Phoenix, and Sharpham's...

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