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Women on the Renaissance Stage: Anna of Denmark and Female Masquing in the Stuart Court (1590-1619)
     

Women on the Renaissance Stage: Anna of Denmark and Female Masquing in the Stuart Court (1590-1619)

by Clare McManus
 

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Women on the Renaissance stage provides a unique reassessment of women's relationship to performance in early modern England. A study of women's participation in the Jacobean court masque, it gives detailed historicised and interdisciplinary readings of the performances of Anna of Denmark (wife of James VI and I) in the Scottish and English Jacobean courts.

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Women on the Renaissance stage provides a unique reassessment of women's relationship to performance in early modern England. A study of women's participation in the Jacobean court masque, it gives detailed historicised and interdisciplinary readings of the performances of Anna of Denmark (wife of James VI and I) in the Scottish and English Jacobean courts.

Clare McManus investigates the staging conditions, practices and gendering of Annas performances, from the ceremonies and festivities of the Scottish court to the English court masques of Jonson, Daniel, Campion and others. Current critical theorisations of race, class, gender, space and performance are brought to bear on the courtly woman's body in dance, staging, scenery, costume and make-up within what might be thought of as female court. In doing this, McManus establishes a tradition of seventeenth-century female performance which provides a trajectory for the emergence of the professional female actors of the Restoration.

This innovative study of a hitherto neglected performance tradition will expand the understanding of gender and performance for scholars and students of early modern culture.

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McManus examines the masque performances of Anna of Denmark in the late 16th and early 17th centuries in the Danish, Scottish and English courts. The text explores the political and cultural status of the elite female courtier and the nature of a queen's court, possible reasons for Jacobean women's masquing, the impact of female performance on the court masque, and the wider tradition of female performance which eventually led to the appearance of the professional female actor after the Restoration. The study is based on the author's research as a doctoral student at the U. of Warwick. Distributed by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719062506
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2014
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.58(d)

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Clare McManus is Professor of Early Modern Literature and Theatre at the University of Roehampton

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