Mind-Travelling and Voyage Drama in Early Modern England [NOOK Book]

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Early modern playgoers were avid consumers of voyage drama. When they entered the playhouse they engaged with the players in a collaborative form of 'mind-travelling,' and the result was an experience of stage-travel that was predicated on pleasure. This book investigates the pleasures of vicarious travel in early modern England, treating playgoing as part of a playing system, wherein imaginative work is distributed across the various participants: playwright, player, the physical environment, technologies of the...
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Mind-Travelling and Voyage Drama in Early Modern England

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Overview

Early modern playgoers were avid consumers of voyage drama. When they entered the playhouse they engaged with the players in a collaborative form of 'mind-travelling,' and the result was an experience of stage-travel that was predicated on pleasure. This book investigates the pleasures of vicarious travel in early modern England, treating playgoing as part of a playing system, wherein imaginative work is distributed across the various participants: playwright, player, the physical environment, technologies of the stage, and emphatically in this study, the playgoer. Drawing on a wide range of drama from across the entire seventeenth century, including works by Marlowe, Heywood, Jonson, Brome, Davenant, Dryden and Behn, it situates voyage drama in its historical and intellectual context between the individual act of reading in early modern England and the communal act of modern sightseeing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137035370
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/15/2012
  • Series: Early Modern Literature in History
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 845 KB

Meet the Author

DAVID MCINNIS lectures in the English and Theatre Studies programme at the University of Melbourne, Australia. With Roslyn L. Knutson, he founded and co-edits the Lost Plays Database, a source of information on the 550+ lost plays and entertainments from early modern England. He is currently preparing a critical edition of Thomas Dekker's Old Fortunatus (1599) for the Revels Plays series.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Introduction
The Wings of Active Thought
Marlovian Models of Voyage Drama
Morals, Manners, and Imagination: Jonson and Heywood
Therapeutic Travel in Richard Brome's The Antipodes
Davenant, Saint-√Čvremond, Dryden and the Ocular Dimension of Travel
Old Genres, New Worlds: Behn Domesticates the Exotic
Conclusion
Works Cited

Index

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