A New History of Early English Drama


A New History of Early English Drama

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 384 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780231102438
  • DDC分類 822.009

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For many years the study of pre-seventeenth-century English drama was shaped largely by an understanding that everything written revolved around the individual author, either as part of the tradition that prepared the way for Shakespeare or as part of his legacy. Now twenty-five original essays by leading theorists and historians chart a paradigmatic shift within the field. In contrast to the traditional emphasis on individual authors, the contributors here explore the place of the stage within the larger society, as well as issues of performance and physical space. The essays are organized into three sections: "Early English Drama and Physical Space" examines the settings in which plays were acted; "Early English Drama and Social Space" juxtaposes the theater with such contemporary subcultures as the church, the city, and the court. Finally, "Early English Drama and Conditions of Performance and Publication" explores a wide range of material conditions and contexts, from props to printers.
A major summary of contemporary scholarship and a storehouse of new theoretical and historical information, A New History of Early English Drama skillfully illustrates the complex influence of physical and social elements woven into the texts, and provides an innovative approach to literary studies and cultural history.


Introduction: Demanding History World Pictures, Modern Periods, and the Early Stage, by Margreta de Grazia The English Church as Theatrical Space, by John M. Wasson, A Commonty a Christmas gambold or a tumbling trick: Household Theater, by Suzanne Westfall The Universities: Early Staging in Cambridge, by Alan H. Nelson Early Staging in Oxford, by John R. Elliott, Jr. Streets and Markets, by Anne Higgins The Theaters, by John Orrell Rowme of its Own: Printed Drama in Early Libraries, by Heidi Brayman Hackel Theater and Religious Culture, by Paul Whitfield White Wonderful Spectacles: Theater and Civic Culture, by Gordon Kipling, The Theater and Domestic Culture, by Diana E. Henderson Entertainments at Court, by Graham Parry The Theater and Literary Culture, by Barbara A. Mowat Theater and Popular Culture, by Michael D. Bristol Touring, by Peter H. Greenfield Cloathes worth all the rest: Costumes and Properties, by Jean MacIntyre and Garret P.J. Epp Censorship, by Richard Dutton Audiences: Investigation, Interpretation, Invention, by Ann Jennalie Cook Rogues and Rhetoricians: Acting Styles in Early English Drama, by Peter Thomson Personnel and Professionalization, by W.R. Streitberger Playwriting: Authorship and Collaboration, by Jeffrey Masten The Publication of Playbooks, by Peter W. M. Blaney Patronage and the Economics of Theater, by Kathleen E. McLuskie and Felicity Dunsworth The Revision of Scripts, by Eric Rasmussen The Repertory, by Roslyn L. Knutson Plays in Manuscript, by Paul Werstine