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

by T. Doring, Andrew Hadfield
     
 
This study takes a 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? Drawing on performance studies, it provides detailed readings of play texts to explore the politics, pathologies and parodies of mourning.

Overview

This study takes a 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? Drawing on performance studies, it provides detailed readings of play texts to explore the politics, pathologies and parodies of mourning.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

'...a timely and welcome contribution to this field...a densely argued, rewarding study, offering readers a wealth of material regarding rituals of mourning and commemoration in the studied texts and early modern England more generally...' - Wolfram R. Keller, Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

'In eloquent prose, and with clarity and precision of argument, Döring shows how the Shakespearean theatre, in its repetitious, commemorative, and comic performances of mourning, accomplished the necessary cultural work of habituation.' - Katharine Goodland, Sonderdruck aus Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230001534
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
07/11/2006
Series:
Early Modern Literature in History Series
Edition description:
2006
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

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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