Documents of Performance in Early Modern England

Documents of Performance in Early Modern England

by Tiffany Stern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521842379

ISBN-13: 9780521842372

Pub. Date: 11/30/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

As well as 'play-makers' and 'poets', playwrights of the early modern period were known as 'play-patchers' because their texts were made from separate documents. This book is the first to consider all the papers created by authors and theatres by the time of the opening performance, recovering types of script not previously known to have existed. With chapters on plot…  See more details below

Overview

As well as 'play-makers' and 'poets', playwrights of the early modern period were known as 'play-patchers' because their texts were made from separate documents. This book is the first to consider all the papers created by authors and theatres by the time of the opening performance, recovering types of script not previously known to have existed. With chapters on plot-scenarios, arguments, playbills, prologues and epilogues, songs, staged scrolls, backstage-plots and parts, it shows how textually distinct production was from any single unified book. And, as performance documents were easily lost, relegated or reused, the story of a play's patchy creation also becomes the story of its co-authorship, cuts, revisions and additions. Using a large body of fresh evidence, Documents of Performance brings a wholly new reading of printed and manuscript playbooks of the Shakespearean period, redefining what a play, and what a playwright, actually is.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521842372
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: playwrights as play-patchers;
1. Plot-scenarios;
2. Playbills and title-pages;
3. 'Arguments' in playhouse and book;
4. Prologues, epilogues, interim entertainments;
5. Songs and masques;
6. Scrolls;
7. Backstage plots;
8 and 9. The approved 'book' and actors' parts; Conclusion: repatching the play.

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