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.
Performing the Audience: Controlling the Unruly Playgoer in Early Modern Drama
Portraits in Early Modern English Drama: Visual Culture, Play-Texts, and Performances
The Children's Troupes and the Transformation of English Theater 1509-1608: Pedagogue, Playwrights, Playbooks, and Play-boys
Early Modern Academic Drama
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February 10, 2019
J Caitlin Finlayson, Amrita Sen
December 15, 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...
Peter Matthew McCluskey
October 09, 2018
Immigrants from the Low Countries constituted the largest population of resident aliens in early modern England. Possessing superior technology in a number of fields and enjoying governmental protection, the Flemish were charged by many native artisans with unfair economic competition. With...
March 23, 2018
Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare’s England examines the intersection between art and culture and explains how ideas about age circulated in early modern England. Stephannie Gearhart illustrates how a variety of texts – including drama by Shakespeare, Jonson, and...
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...
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...
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 FÃªtes de Fontainebleau, this carnival Sunday entertainment was produced at the...
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...
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...
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,...
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...