1st Edition

Audience and Reception in the Early Modern Period

Edited By John R. Decker, Mitzi Kirkland-Ives Copyright 2022
    418 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    418 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Early modern audiences, readerships, and viewerships were not homogenous. Differences in status, education, language, wealth, and experience (to name only a few variables) could influence how a group of people, or a particular person, received and made sense of sermons, public proclamations, dramatic and musical performances, images, objects, and spaces. The ways in which each of these were framed and executed could have a serious impact on their relevance and effectiveness. The chapters in this volume explore the ways in which authors, poets, artists, preachers, theologians, playwrights, and performers took account of and encoded pluriform potential audiences, readers, and viewers in their works, and how these varied parties encountered and responded to these works. The contributors here investigate these complex interactions through a variety of critical and methodological lenses.

    1. Introduction: Audiences and Reception: Readers, Listeners, and Viewers

    Mitzi Kirkland-Ives

    2. To Compliment a Musical Friend: Amateur Musicians and Their Audiences in France, ca. 1650–1700

    Michael A. Bane

    3. Elizabethan Audience Gaze at History Plays: Liminal Time and Space in Shakespeare’s Richard  II

    Murat Öğütcü

    4. The Commedia dell’Arte from Marketplace to Court

    Rosalind Kerr

    5. Spreading the Word: Theatre, Religion and Contagious Performances

    J. F. Bernard

    6. "Sedicious" Sermons: Preaching, Politics, and Provocation in Reformation England, 1540–1570

    Brian L. Hanson

    7. The Rotterdam Inquisitor and the False Prophet of Antwerp: Religious Disputation and Its Audiences in the Seventeenth-Century Low Countries

    David L. Robinson

    8. Relational Performances and Audiences in the Prologue of John Gower’s Confessio Amantis

    Jonathan M. Newman

    9. George Turberville, Constancy and Plain Style

    Melih Levi

    10. "Assi de doctos como de indoctos": A Poet-Translator Discovers His Audience in the Spain of Philip II

    Richard H. Armstrong

    11. Female Audiences and Translations of the Classics in Early Modern Italy

    Francesca D’Alessandro Behr

    12. Women Are from Venus: Addressing Female Agency with Classical Allegory

    Helena Kaznowska

    13. Domenico Ghirlandaio’s High Altarpiece for Santa Maria Novella and the Pre-Tridentine Audience of Italian Altarpieces

    Sarah Cadagin

    14. Guides Who Know the Way

    John R. Decker

    15. Beyond the Doctrine of Merit: Philips Galle’s Prints of the Sacraments and Works of Mercy

    Barbara Kaminska


    John R. Decker is the chairperson of the Department of the History of Art and Design at Pratt Institute.

    Mitzi Kirkland-Ives is a professor of art history and museum studies in the Department of Art and Design at Missouri State University.