New Directions in Renaissance Drama and Performance Studies

Overview

This collection asks pressing questions about how and why we study performances of Renaissance drama, challenging prevailing views and suggesting new methodologies for the field. How does an emphasis on Shakespeare limit us? What can we learn from non-traditional theatre? Why should we rethink the value of studying what happens onstage?

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Overview

This collection asks pressing questions about how and why we study performances of Renaissance drama, challenging prevailing views and suggesting new methodologies for the field. How does an emphasis on Shakespeare limit us? What can we learn from non-traditional theatre? Why should we rethink the value of studying what happens onstage?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230205307
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH WERNER is the author of Shakespeare and Feminist Performance (Routledge, 2001) and co-editor of the 'Shakespeare Performed' section of the jourbanal Shakespeare Quarterly. She has published articles in Shakespeare Bulletin and NTQ, and is the Undergraduate Program Director at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Notes on Contributors

Introduction Sarah Werner Werner, Sarah 1

Part I Working with the Ephemeral

1 One Piece at a Time Robert Shaughnessy Shaughnessy, Robert 15

2 Replaying Early Modern Performances William N. West West, William N. 30

3 Acts of Seizure: A Theatrical Poetics of Metonymy and Metaphor Christopher Cobb Cobb, Christopher 51

Part II Reconnecting Literary Criticism and Performance Analysis

4 Page and Stage Again: Rethinking Renaissance Character Phenomenologically Andrew James Hartley Hartley, Andrew James 77

5 The Spirit of รก76: Original Practices and Revolutionary Nostalgia Paul Menzer Menzer, Paul 94

6 Spreading the Shakespeare Gospel: A Rhetorical History of the Academic Theater Review Jeremy Lopez Lopez, Jeremy 109

Part III Resituating Shakespeare

7 Performance Criticism Without Performance: The Study of Non-Shakespearean Drama Genevieve Love Love, Genevieve 131

8 Performing Relevance/Relevant Performances: Shakespeare, Jonson, Hitchcock Emma Smith Smith, Emma 147

9 Shakespeare and Our Contemporaries Bridget Escolme Escolme, Bridget 162

10 "Ay, there's the rub": Race and Performance Studies Ayanna Thompson Thompson, Ayanna 178

Postscript

11 Performing the "Live": Cinema, Simulation, and the Death of the Real in Alex Cox's Revengers Tragedy Courtney Lehmann Lehmann, Courtney 195

Index 222

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