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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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Restoration Staging, 1660-74

Restoration Staging, 1660-74

1st Edition

Tim Keenan
September 14, 2016

Restoration Staging 1660–74 cuts through prevalent ideas of Restoration theatre and drama to read early plays in their original theatrical contexts. Tim Keenan argues that Restoration play texts contain far more information about their own performance than previously imagined. Focusing on specific...

Martyrs and Players in Early Modern England: Tragedy, Religion and Violence on Stage

Martyrs and Players in Early Modern England: Tragedy, Religion and Violence on Stage

1st Edition

David K. Anderson
August 26, 2016

Focusing on Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, John Webster and John Milton, Martyrs and Players in Early Modern England argues that the English tragedians reflected an unease within the culture to acts of religious violence. David Anderson explores a link between the unstable emotional...

Emulation on the Shakespearean Stage

Emulation on the Shakespearean Stage

1st Edition

Vernon Guy Dickson
August 26, 2016

The English Renaissance has long been considered a period with a particular focus on imitation; however, much related scholarship has misunderstood or simply marginalized the significance of emulative practices and theories in the period. This work uses the interactions of a range of English...

Women, Medicine and Theatre 1500–1750: Literary Mountebanks and Performing Quacks

Women, Medicine and Theatre 1500–1750: Literary Mountebanks and Performing Quacks

1st Edition

M.A. Katritzky
August 26, 2016

Well illustrated, accessibly presented, and drawing on a comprehensive range of historical documents, including British, German and other European images, and literary as well as non-literary texts (many previously unconsidered in this context), this study offers the first interdisciplinary...

Laughing and Weeping in Early Modern Theatres

Laughing and Weeping in Early Modern Theatres

1st Edition

Matthew Steggle
August 26, 2016

Did Shakespeare's original audiences weep? Equally, while it seems obvious that they must have laughed at plays performed in early modern theatres, can we say anything about what their laughter sounded like, about when it occurred, and about how, culturally, it was interpreted? Related to both of...

Desires of Credit in Early Modern Theory and Drama: Commerce, Poesy, and the Profitable Imagination

Desires of Credit in Early Modern Theory and Drama: Commerce, Poesy, and the Profitable Imagination

1st Edition

Brian Sheerin
May 18, 2016

Desires of Credit in Early Modern Theory and Drama traces the near-simultaneous rise of economic theory, literary criticism, and public theater in London at the turn of the seventeenth century, and posits that connecting all three is a fascination with creating something out of nothing simply by...

Magical Transformations on the Early Modern English Stage

Magical Transformations on the Early Modern English Stage

1st Edition

Lisa Hopkins, Helen Ostovich
March 18, 2016

Magical Transformations on the Early Modern Stage furthers the debate about the cultural work performed by representations of magic on the early modern English stage. It considers the ways in which performances of magic reflect and feed into a sense of national identity, both in the form of magic...

Tragedy and Trauma in the Plays of Christopher Marlowe

Tragedy and Trauma in the Plays of Christopher Marlowe

1st Edition

Mathew R. Martin
March 18, 2016

Contending that criticism of Marlowe’s plays has been limited by humanist conceptions of tragedy, this book engages with trauma theory, especially psychoanalytic trauma theory, to offer a fresh critical perspective within which to make sense of the tension in Marlowe’s plays between the tragic and...

Christopher Marlowe and the Failure to Unify

Christopher Marlowe and the Failure to Unify

1st Edition

Andrew Duxfield
March 18, 2016

In this sustained full length study of Marlowe's plays, Andrew Duxfield argues that Marlovian drama exhibits a marked interest in unity and unification, and that in doing so it engages with a discourse of anxiety over social discord that was prominent in the 1580s and 1590s. In combination with the...

The Horror Plays of the English Restoration

The Horror Plays of the English Restoration

1st Edition

Anne Hermanson
March 18, 2016

A decade after the Restoration of Charles II, a disturbing group of tragedies, dubbed by modern critics the horror or the blood-and-torture villain tragedies, burst onto the London stage. Ten years later they were gone - absorbed into the partisan frenzy which enveloped the theatre at the height of...

Digital Humanities and the Lost Drama of Early Modern England: Ten Case Studies

Digital Humanities and the Lost Drama of Early Modern England: Ten Case Studies

1st Edition

Matthew Steggle
November 28, 2015

This book establishes new information about the likely content of ten lost plays from the period 1580-1642. These plays’ authors include Nashe, Heywood, and Dekker; and the plays themselves connect in direct ways to some of the most canonical dramas of English literature, including Hamlet, King...

Transnational Mobilities in Early Modern Theater

Transnational Mobilities in Early Modern Theater

1st Edition

Robert Henke, Eric Nicholson
August 18, 2014

The essays in this volume investigate English, Italian, Spanish, German, Czech, and Bengali early modern theater, placing Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the theatrical contexts of western and central Europe, as well as the Indian sub-continent. Contributors explore the mobility of theatrical...

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