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Spatial Representations and the Jacobean Stage : From Shakespeare to Webster - Russell West

Spatial Representations and the Jacobean Stage

From Shakespeare to Webster

Hardcover Published: 25th March 2002
ISBN: 9780333973738
Number Of Pages: 276

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This work offers a timely alternative to theater criticism's neglect of the intensely spatial character of theatrical performance by showing that early modern audiences were highly aware of the spatial aspects of the stage. Jacobean dramatists used stage space to explore the spatial transformations of early modern society--social mobility, wandering populations, rural enclosure, sea travel, localized empirical thought.

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'This brilliant, theoretically complex book is a welcome addition to the growing body of renaissance critical discourse on social space and its relationship to the literary and cultural environment of the early modern period...The book's final chapter is astonishingly original and will hopefully point the way ahead for other reaissance scholarship into space and literature...This section, like other approaches in the book, is given impetus by West's determination to constantly renegotiate the terms of spatial inquiry in this highly impressive work.' - Early Modern Literary Studies

'...produces genuinely fascinating insights, which only such an excellent fusion of cultural history and theatre studies as West offers us here could hope to achieve.' - Bernhard Klein, ZAA

List of Illustrations
Play Editions Used
Introduction: Staging Spacep. 1
Stage-space in the Jacobean Agep. 12
The Sun King: James I and the Court Masquep. 59
The Dumb God: Money as an Engine for Mobilityp. 82
Mean Persons and Counterfeit Port: Social Mobilityp. 117
Masterless Men and Shifting Knavery: Demographic Mobilityp. 148
Travelling Thoughts: Travel on the Stagep. 170
Local Thought: Intellectual and Subjective Mobilityp. 215
Coda: Drama and the Appropriation of Social Spacep. 240
Notesp. 244
Indexp. 268
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ISBN: 9780333973738
ISBN-10: 0333973739
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 25th March 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.17 x 14.88  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1