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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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Thomas Killigrew and the Seventeenth-Century English Stage: New Perspectives

Thomas Killigrew and the Seventeenth-Century English Stage: New Perspectives

1st Edition

Philip Major
October 18, 2013

Despite his significant influence as a courtier, diplomat, playwright and theatre manager, Thomas Killigrew (1612-1683) remains a comparatively elusive and neglected figure. The original essays in this interdisciplinary volume shine new light on a singular, contradictory Englishman 400 years after...

John Lowin and the English Theatre, 1603–1647: Acting and Cultural Politics on the Jacobean and Caroline Stage

John Lowin and the English Theatre, 1603–1647: Acting and Cultural Politics on the Jacobean and Caroline Stage

1st Edition

Barbara Wooding
August 23, 2013

Even for scholars who have devoted their careers to the early modern theatre, the name John Lowin may not instantly evoke recognition-until now, the actor's life and contribution to the theatre of the period has never been the subject of a full-length publication. In this study, Barbara Wooding...

Thomas Heywood's Theatre, 1599–1639: Locations, Translations, and Conflict

Thomas Heywood's Theatre, 1599–1639: Locations, Translations, and Conflict

1st Edition

Richard Rowland
March 12, 2010

In this major reassessment of his subject, Richard Rowland restores Thomas Heywood-playwright, miscellanist and translator-to his rightful place in early modern theatre history. Rowland contextualizes and historicizes this important contemporary of Shakespeare, locating him on the geographic and...

Marston, Rivalry, Rapprochement, and Jonson

Marston, Rivalry, Rapprochement, and Jonson

1st Edition

Charles Cathcart
April 28, 2008

Significant and unexplored signs of John Marston's literary rivalry with Ben Jonson are investigated here by Charles Cathcart. The centrepiece of the book is its argument that the anonymous play The Family of Love, sometimes attributed to Thomas Middleton and sometimes to Lording Barry, was in part...

Revenge Tragedy and the Drama of Commemoration in Reforming England

Revenge Tragedy and the Drama of Commemoration in Reforming England

1st Edition

Thomas Rist
March 28, 2008

Considering major works by Kyd, Shakespeare, Middleton and Webster among others, this book transforms current understanding of early modern revenge tragedy. Examing the genre in light of historical revisions to England's Reformations, and with appropriate regard to the social history of the dead,...

The Cultural Uses of the Caesars on the English Renaissance Stage

The Cultural Uses of the Caesars on the English Renaissance Stage

1st Edition

Lisa Hopkins
March 28, 2008

Caesarian power was a crucial context in the Renaissance, as rulers in Europe, Russia and Turkey all sought to appropriate Caesarian imagery and authority, but it has been surprisingly little explored in scholarship. In this study Lisa Hopkins explores the way in which the stories of the Caesars,...

Women Players in England, 1500–1660: Beyond the All-Male Stage

Women Players in England, 1500–1660: Beyond the All-Male Stage

1st Edition

Peter Parolin, Pamela Allen Brown
March 12, 2008

Offering evidence of women's extensive contributions to the theatrical landscape, this volume sharply challenges the assumption that the stage was 'all male' in early modern England. The editors and contributors argue that the pervasiveness of female performance affected cultural production, even...

Public Theater in Golden Age Madrid and Tudor-Stuart London: Class, Gender and Festive Community

Public Theater in Golden Age Madrid and Tudor-Stuart London: Class, Gender and Festive Community

1st Edition

Ivan Cañadas
October 28, 2005

In this comparative study of English and Spanish drama, the author concerns himself with theatrical conventions, the social significance of drama, and audience-reception in the early modern court-cities of London and Madrid. The primary focus of this study is the drama of Shakespeare and some of...

Cymbeline: Constructions of Britain

Cymbeline: Constructions of Britain

1st Edition

Ros King
February 28, 2005

In Cymbeline: Constructions of Britain, Ros King argues that because of previous misunderstanding of the nature and history of tragi-comedy, critics have mistaken the tone of Shakespeare's play. Although it is often dismissed as a pedestrian 'romance', or at best a self-parodic reworking of...

Staging Gender in Behn and Centlivre: Women's Comedy and the Theatre

Staging Gender in Behn and Centlivre: Women's Comedy and the Theatre

1st Edition

Nancy Copeland
March 28, 2004

Staging Gender in Behn and Centlivre studies the representation of gender in four of the most important plays by the leading professional women playwrights of the late Stuart period. Behn's The Rover (1677) and The Luckey Chance (1686) and Centlivre's The Busie Body (1709) and The Wonder: A Woman...

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