Performances of Mourning in Shakespearean Theatre and Early Modern Culture (Early Modern Literature in History Series) [NOOK Book]

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This bold and wide-ranging study takes a fresh look at a controversial question: what do the acts and shows of grief performed in early modern drama tell us about the religious culture of the world in which they were historically staged? Many rites of mourbaning shown in the theatre held Catholic resonances, but how did such memories of traditional worship work in post-Reformation England? Drawing on performance studies, this book provides detailed readings of major playtexts, Shakespearean and others, to explore...

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Performances of Mourning in Shakespearean Theatre and Early Modern Culture (Early Modern Literature in History Series)

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Overview

This bold and wide-ranging study takes a fresh look at a controversial question: what do the acts and shows of grief performed in early modern drama tell us about the religious culture of the world in which they were historically staged? Many rites of mourbaning shown in the theatre held Catholic resonances, but how did such memories of traditional worship work in post-Reformation England? Drawing on performance studies, this book provides detailed readings of major playtexts, Shakespearean and others, to explore the politics, pathologies, physiologies and parodies of mourbaning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230626898
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/11/2006
  • Series: Early Modern Literature in History
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 413 KB

Meet the Author

TOBIAS DÖRING is Professor of English Literature at the Ludwig Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany, and review editor for the yearbook of the German Shakespeare Association. His previous books include Caribbean-English Passages (2002) and Performances of the Sacred in Late Medieval and Early Modern England (2005).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
• Acknowledgements
• A Note on Citation
• Introduction
• Politics of Mourbaning: English History Plays
• Pathologies of Mourbaning: Elizabethan Revenge Tragedies
• Physiologies of Mourbaning: Tears and the Purgatory of Weeping
• Parodies of Mourbaning: Corpseless Comedies
• Conclusion
• Works Cited
• Index

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