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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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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...

Performing Maternity in Early Modern England

Performing Maternity in Early Modern England

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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...

Female Mourning and Tragedy in Medieval and Renaissance English Drama: From the Raising of Lazarus to King Lear

Female Mourning and Tragedy in Medieval and Renaissance English Drama: From the Raising of Lazarus to King Lear

1st Edition

Katharine Goodland
November 11, 2016

Grieving women in early modern English drama, this study argues, recall not only those of Classical tragedy, but also, and more significantly, the lamenting women of medieval English drama, especially the Virgin Mary. Looking at the plays of Shakespeare, Kyd, and Webster, this book presents a...

Plotting Early Modern London: New Essays on Jacobean City Comedy

Plotting Early Modern London: New Essays on Jacobean City Comedy

1st Edition

Dieter Mehl, Angela Stock
November 11, 2016

With the publication of Brian Gibbons's Jacobean City Comedy thirty-five years ago, the urban satires by Ben Jonson, John Marston and Thomas Middleton attained their 'official status as a Renaissance subgenre' that was distinct, by its farcical humour and ironic tone, from 'citizen comedy' or '...

Disguise on the Early Modern English Stage

Disguise on the Early Modern English Stage

1st Edition

Peter Hyland
November 11, 2016

Disguise devices figure in many early modern English plays, and an examination of them clearly affords an important reflection on the growth of early theatre as well as on important aspects of the developing nation. In this study Peter Hyland considers a range of practical issues related to the...

Transnational Exchange in Early Modern Theater

Transnational Exchange in Early Modern Theater

1st Edition

Eric Nicholson, Robert Henke
November 11, 2016

Emphasizing a performative and stage-centered approach, this book considers early modern European theater as an international phenomenon. Early modern theater was remarkable both in the ways that it represented material and symbolic exchanges across political, linguistic, and cultural borders (both...

Negotiating Shakespeare's Language in Romeo and Juliet: Reading Strategies from Criticism, Editing and the Theatre

Negotiating Shakespeare's Language in Romeo and Juliet: Reading Strategies from Criticism, Editing and the Theatre

1st Edition

Lynette Hunter, Peter Lichtenfels
November 11, 2016

Through exciting and unconventional approaches, including critical/historical, printing/publishing and performance studies, this study mines Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to produce new insights into the early modern family, the individual, and society in the context of early modern capitalism....

Shakespeare and the Cultures of Performance

Shakespeare and the Cultures of Performance

1st Edition

Paul Yachnin, Patricia Badir
October 19, 2016

Theatrical performance, suggest the contributors to this volume, can be an unpredictable, individual experience as well as a communal, institutional or cultural event. The essays collected here use the tools of theatre history in their investigation into the phenomenology of the performance...

Crowd and Rumour in Shakespeare

Crowd and Rumour in Shakespeare

1st Edition

Kai Wiegandt
October 11, 2016

In this study, the author offers new interpretations of Shakespeare's works in the context of two major contemporary notions of collectivity: the crowd and rumour. The plays illustrate that rumour and crowd are mutually dependent; they also betray a fascination with the fact that crowd and rumour...

James Shirley and Early Modern Theatre: New Critical Perspectives

James Shirley and Early Modern Theatre: New Critical Perspectives

1st Edition

Barbara Ravelhofer
October 06, 2016

James Shirley was the last great dramatist of the English Renaissance, shining out among other luminaries such as John Ford, Ben Jonson, or Richard Brome. This collection considers Shirley within the culture of his time, and highlights his contribution to seventeenth-century English literature as...

Sex and Satiric Tragedy in Early Modern England: Penetrating Wit

Sex and Satiric Tragedy in Early Modern England: Penetrating Wit

1st Edition

Gabriel A. Rieger
October 03, 2016

Drawing upon recent scholarship in Renaissance studies regarding notions of the body, political, physical and social, this study examines how the satiric tragedians of the English Renaissance employ the languages of sex - including sexual slander, titillation, insinuation and obscenity - in the...

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