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A New History of Early English Drama available in Hardcover
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- Columbia University Press
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AWARDED: Winner, Association for Theatre in Higher Education Book Prize
Twenty-six original essays by leading theorists and historians of the pre-seventeenth-century English stage chart a paradigmatic shift within the field. In contrast to the traditional emphasis on individual authors, the contributors to this storehouse of new historical information and critical insight explore the place of the stage within the larger society, as well as issues of performance and physical space, providing an innovative approach to both literary studies and cultural history.
-The twenty six essays in this valuable and much-needed work focus particularly on the social and material implications of performance spaces from street to court; the ways in which religious, civic, domestic, courtly, literary, and popular expectations affected the drama [prior to 1642]; and the conditions under which plays were produced and disseminated. The collection provides an accurate and authoritative overview of the early English drama, embeds it in the historical conditions of its production, and suggests directions for future study. The bibliography, index, and play index all cover the entire book, so that one can easily locate a topic wherever it appears. -Choice -Splendidly redefines the whole field of early modern drama. Its individual essays are both definitive accounts of the state of knowledge today and striking provocations to further thought-and in combination they provide the most inclusive, innovative, and important overview of the drama that we have had to date. -Peter Stallybrass -University of Pennsylvania
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Demanding History
World Pictures, Modern Periods, and the Early Stage; Margreta de Grazia
The English Church as Theatrical Space ; John M. Wasson,
A Commonty a Christmas gambold or a tumbling trick: Household Theater ; Suzanne Westfall
The Universities: Early Staging in Cambridge ; Alan H. Nelson
Early Staging in Oxford; John R. Elliott, Jr.
Streets and Markets; Anne Higgins
The Theaters; John Orrell
Rowme of its Own: Printed Drama in Early Libraries ; Heidi Brayman Hackel
Theater and Religious Culture ; Paul Whitfield White
Wonderful Spectacles: Theater and Civic Culture; Gordon Kipling,
The Theater and Domestic Culture; Diana E. Henderson
Entertainments at Court ; Graham Parry
The Theater and Literary Culture; Barbara A. Mowat
Theater and Popular Culture; Michael D. Bristol
Touring; Peter H. Greenfield
Cloathes worth all the rest: Costumes and Properties; Jean MacIntyre and Garret P.J. Epp
Censorship; Richard Dutton
Audiences: Investigation, Interpretation, Invention; Ann Jennalie Cook
Rogues and Rhetoricians: Acting Styles in Early English Drama; Peter Thomson
Personnel and Professionalization; W.R. Streitberger
Playwriting: Authorship and Collaboration; Jeffrey Masten
The Publication of Playbooks; Peter W. M. Blaney
Patronage and the Economics of Theater; Kathleen E. McLuskie and Felicity Dunsworth
The Revision of Scripts; Eric Rasmussen
The Repertory; Roslyn L. Knutson
Plays in Manuscript; Paul Werstine
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Splendidly redefines the whole field of early modern drama. Its individual essays are both definitive accounts of the state of knowledge today and striking provocations to further thought-and in combination they provide the most inclusive, innovative, and important overview of the drama that we have had to date.