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

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Through detailed historicized and interdisciplinary readings of the performances of Anna Denmark in the Scottish and English Jacobean Courts, Women on the Renaissance Stage fundamentally reassesses women's relationship to early modern performance. It investigates the staging conditions, practices, and gendering of Denmark's performances, and brings current critical theorizations of race, class, gender, space, and performance to bear on the ...

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Overview

Through detailed historicized and interdisciplinary readings of the performances of Anna Denmark in the Scottish and English Jacobean Courts, Women on the Renaissance Stage fundamentally reassesses women's relationship to early modern performance. It investigates the staging conditions, practices, and gendering of Denmark's performances, and brings current critical theorizations of race, class, gender, space, and performance to bear on the female court of the early 17th century.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719062506
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Clare McManus is Lecturer in Renaissance Studies at the University of Belfast.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Select table of court masques (1604-19)
Introduction. An early modern female stage 1
1 Dance, gender and the politics of aristocratic performance in the early Stuart court masque 18
2 Marriage and the performance of the romance quest: the role of the queen consort in the early modern European court 60
3 'Spectacles of strangeness': the performance of the female body in the major Jacobean masques 97
4 Disputed marriages: the female courtier as spectator 136
5 The contested masquing stage: The Somerset Masque, Cupid's Banishment and the space of the female court 164
Conclusion. The legacy of Anna of Denmark: female performance in the Caroline court and beyond 202
Notes 214
Bibliography 241
Index 268
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