The Book of the Play: Playwrights, Stationers, and Readers in Early Modern England

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Essays in Criticism
This collection is an admirable and multifaceted foray into an undeservedly neglected area, but unless such a debate to establish the extent of play-reading among different social classes is initiated it would seem that any future critical appraisals of reading Renaissance drama will be piecemeal and incomplete.
SHARP News
In under twenty pages it manages to say more than most books on the subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558495333
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 6/7/2006
  • Series: Massachusetts Studies in Early Modern CU
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : plays, books, and the public sphere 1
1 Renaissance play-readers, ordinary and extraordinary 23
2 Reading printed comedy : Edward Sharpham's The fleer 39
3 Reading through the body : women and printed drama 59
4 Closet drama and the case of tyrannicall-government anatomized 80
5 Typographic nostalgia : play-reading, popularity, and the meanings of black letter 99
6 Play-reading, news-reading, and Ben Jonson's The staple of news 127
7 Genres, early modern theatrical title pages, and the authority of print 159
8 The masque in/as print 176
9 Inky kin : reading in the age of Gutenberg paternity 203
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