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A New History of Early English Drama : World Bank Comparative Macroeconomic - John D. Cox

A New History of Early English Drama

World Bank Comparative Macroeconomic

By: John D. Cox (Editor), David Scott Kastan (Editor), Stephen J. Greenblatt (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 1st June 1997
ISBN: 9780231102438
Number Of Pages: 384
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

It is a book that every serious student of early English drama will want to own. -- Alan Somerset Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England The twenty six essays in this valuable and much-needed work focus particularly on the social and material implications of performance spaces from street to court; the ways in which religious, civic, domestic, courtly, literary, and popular expectations affected the drama [prior to 1642]; and the conditions under which plays were produced and disseminated. The collection provides an accurate and authoritative overview of the early English drama, embeds it in the historical conditions of its production, and suggests directions for future study. The bibliography, index, and play index all cover the entire book, so that one can easily locate a topic wherever it appears. Choice

Demanding History World Pictures, Modern Periods, and the Early Stage
The English Church as Theatrical Space
A Commonty a Christmas gambold or a tumbling trick: Household Theater
The Universities: Early Staging in Cambridge
Early Staging in Oxford
Streets and Markets
The Theaters
Rowme of its Own: Printed Drama in Early Libraries
Hackel Theater and Religious Culture
White Wonderful Spectacles: Theater and Civic Culture
The Theater and Domestic Culture
Entertainments at Court
The Theater and Literary Culture
Theater and Popular Culture
Cloathes worth all the rest: Costumes and Properties
Audiences: Investigation, Interpretation, Invention
Cook Rogues and Rhetoricians: Acting Styles in Early English Drama
Personnel and Professionalization
Playwriting: Authorship and Collaboration
The Publication of Playbooks
Patronage and the Economics of Theater
The Revision of Scripts
The Repertory
Plays in Manuscript
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ISBN: 9780231102438
ISBN-10: 0231102437
Series: World Bank Comparative Macroeconomic
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st June 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.39  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.79