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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

1st Edition

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J. Caitlin Finlayson, Amrita Sen
February 24, 2020

Civic Performance: Pageantry and Entertainments in Early Modern London brings together a group of essays from across multiple fields of study that examine the socio-cultural, political, economic, and aesthetic dimensions of pageantry in sixteenth and seventeenth-century London. This collection...

Teachers in Early Modern English Drama: Pedagogy and Authority

Teachers in Early Modern English Drama: Pedagogy and Authority

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jean Lambert
November 29, 2019

Starting from the early modern presumption of the incorporation of role with authority, Jean Lambert explores male teachers as representing and engaging with types of authority in English plays and dramatic entertainments by Shakespeare and his contemporaries from the late sixteenth to the early...

Unruly Audiences and the Theater of Control in Early Modern London

Unruly Audiences and the Theater of Control in Early Modern London

1st Edition

Eric Dunnum
October 03, 2019

Unruly Audiences and the Theater of Control in Early Modern London explores the effects of audience riots on the dramaturgy of early modern playwrights, arguing that playwrights from Marlowe to Brome often used their plays to control the physical reactions of their audience. This study analyses how...

Facial Hair and the Performance of Early Modern Masculinity

Facial Hair and the Performance of Early Modern Masculinity

1st Edition

Eleanor Rycroft
July 02, 2019

Facial Hair and the Performance of Early Modern Masculinity is the first full-length critical study to analyse the importance of beards in terms of the theatrical performance of masculinity. According to medical, cultural, and literary discourses of early modern era in England, facial hair marked...

Portraits in Early Modern English Drama: Visual Culture, Play-Texts, and Performances

Portraits in Early Modern English Drama: Visual Culture, Play-Texts, and Performances

1st Edition

Emanuel Stelzer
May 16, 2019

Portraits in Early Modern English Drama studies the complex web of interconnections that grows out of the presentation of portraits as props in early modern English drama. Emanuel Stelzer considers this theory from the Elizabethan age up to the closing of the theatres. This book examines how the...

Representations of Flemish Immigrants on the Early Modern Stage

Representations of Flemish Immigrants on the Early Modern Stage

1st Edition

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...

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

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

1st Edition

Stephannie Gearhart
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...

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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...

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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...

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