The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theatre

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An indispensable reference for the study of Early Modern Theatre

Thirty-six specially written contributions by an international team of experts providing the most advanced scholarship in each area

Unusually, contains essays on theatre history methodology, questioning the field and how scholars handle it

Includes numerous illustrations, gathering most of the key visual evidence in one place

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199287246
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Dutton has been Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University since 2003. Previously he was at Lancaster University in England for thirty years. Working on the borders of literary criticism and theatre history, he is best known for his work on early modern censorship, including Mastering the Revels: the Regulation and Censorship of English Renaissance Drama (1991) and Licensing, Censorship and Authorship in Early Modern England: Buggeswords (2000). Ben Jonson, 'Volpone' and the Gunpowder Plot (2008) is his third monograph on Jonson. His scholarly editing includes Jonson's Epicenehas an NEH Fellowship in 2008/9 to work on Shakespeare's revision of his plays for court performance.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures xv

List of Maps xviii

List of Contributors xix

Introduction: Early Modern Theater History: Where We Are Now, How We Got Here, Where We Go Next William Ingram 1

Part I Theatre Companies

1 Adult Playing Companies to 1583 W. R. Streitberger 19

2 Adult Playing Companies 1583-1593 Sally-Beth MacLean 39

3 Adult Playing Companies 1593-1603 Roslyn L. Knutson 56

4 Adult Playing Companies 1603-1613 Tom Rutter 72

5 Adult Playing Companies 1613-1625 James J. Marino 88

6 Adult and Boy Playing Companies 1625-1642 Martin Butler 104

7 Early (Pre-1590) Boy Companies and their Acting Venues Michael Shapiro 120

8 The Boy Companies 1599-1613 Mary Bly 136

Part II London Playhouses

9 Inn-Yard Playhouses David Kathman 153

10 The Theatre in Shoreditch 1576-1599 Gabriel Egan 168

11 Why the Globe Is Famous Andrew Gurr 186

12 The Most Convenient Place: The Second Blackfriars Theater and its Appeal Ralph Alan Cohen 209

13 The Red Bull Playhouse Mark Bayer 225

14 The Phoenix and the Cockpit-in-Court Playhouses Frances Teague 240

Part III Other Playing Spaces

15 'He who pays the piper calls the tune': Household Entertainments Suzanne Westfall 263

16 The Universities and the Inns of Court Alan H. Nelson 280

17 Touring Peter Greenfield 292

18 Court Theatre John H. Astington 307

19 London Street Theater Anne Lancashire 323

Part IV Social Practices

20 Not Just Sir Oliver Owlet: From Patrons to 'Patronage' of Early Modern Theatre Alan Somerset 343

21 The Court, the Master of the Revels, and the Players Richard Dutton 362

22 Theater Entrepreneurs and Theatrical Economics S. P. Cerasano 380

23 The City of London and the Theatre Ian W. Archer 396

24 Players, Livery Companies, and Apprentices David Kathman 413

25 Materiality and the Market: The Lady Elizabeth's Men and the Challenge of Theatre History Kathleen E. McLuskie 429

26 'For the author's credit': Issues of Authorship in English Renaissance Drama Heather Hirschfeld 441

27 Women in the Theater Natasha Korda 456

Part V Evidence of Theatrical Practices

28 Early Modern Naturalistic Acting: The Role of the Globe in the Development of Personation Jacalyn Royce 477

29 Actors' Parts Tiffany Stern 496

30 Stage Directions and the Theater Historian Alan C. Dessen 513

31 Lighting R. B. Graves 528

32 Music and Sound Lucy Munro 543

33 Properties Andrew Sofer 560

34 Eyewitnesses to History: Visual Evidence for Theater in Early Modern England Thomas Postlewait 575

35 Christopher Beeston: His Property and Properties Eva Griffith 607

Bibliography 623

Index 673

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