Theatrical Convention and Audience Response in Early Modern Drama

Theatrical Convention and Audience Response in Early Modern Drama

by Jeremy Lopez, Lopez Jeremy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521032830

ISBN-13: 9780521032834

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book gives a detailed and comprehensive survey of the diverse, theatrically vital formal conventions of the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Besides providing new readings of plays such as Hamlet, Othello, Merchant of Venice, and Titus Andronicus, it also places Shakespeare emphatically within his own theatrical context, insisting on his identity as…  See more details below

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This book gives a detailed and comprehensive survey of the diverse, theatrically vital formal conventions of the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Besides providing new readings of plays such as Hamlet, Othello, Merchant of Venice, and Titus Andronicus, it also places Shakespeare emphatically within his own theatrical context, insisting on his identity as just one of many working playwrights, and focusing on the relationship between the extremely demanding repertory system of the time and the conventions and content of the plays. Lopez argues that the limitations of the relatively bare stage and non-naturalistic mode of early modern theatre would have made the potential for failure very great, and he proposes that understanding this potential for failure - the way playwrights anticipated it and audiences responded to it - is crucial for understanding the way in which the drama succeeded on state. The book offers new perspectives on familiar conventions such as the pun, the aside, and the expository speech; and it works toward a definition of early modern theatrical genres based on the relationship between these well-known conventions and the incoherent experience of early modern theatrical narratives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521032834
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1"As it was acted to great applause": Elizabethan and Jacobean audiences and the physicality of response13
2Meat, magic, and metamorphosis: on puns and wordplay35
3Managing the aside56
4Exposition, redundancy, action78
5Disorder and convention97
6Drama of disappointment: character and narrative in Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedy134
7Laughter and narrative in Elizabethan and Jacobean comedy170
8Epilogue: Jonson and Shakespeare201
Plays and editions cited217
Works cited229
Index234

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