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Civic Performance

Pageantry and Entertainments in Early Modern London, 1st Edition

Edited by J. Caitlin Finlayson, Amrita Sen


256 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Civic Performance: Pageantry and Entertainments in Early Modern London brings together a group of essays from across multiple fields of study that examine the socio-cultural, political, economic, and aesthetic dimensions of pageantry in sixteenth and seventeenth-century London.

This collection engages with modern interest in the spectacle and historical performances of pageantry and entertainments, including royal entries, progresses, coronation ceremonies, Lord Mayor’s Shows, and processions. Through a discussion of the extant texts, visual records, archival material, and emerging projects in the digital humanities, the chapters elucidate the forms in which the period itself recorded its public rituals, pageantry, and ephemeral entertainments. The diversity of approaches contained in these chapters reflects the collaborative nature of pageantry and civic entertainments, as well as the broad socio-cultural resonances of this form of drama, and in doing so offers a study that is multi-faceted and wide-ranging, much like civic performance itself.

Ideal for scholars of Early Modern global politics, economics, and culture; literary and performance studies; print culture; and the digital humanities, Civic Performance casts a new lens on street pageantry and entertainments in the historically and culturally significant locus of Early Modern London.

Table of Contents

List of Figures Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction - J. Caitlin Finlayson and Amrita Sen Part I: Civic to Global 1. ‘To the Honour of our Nation abroad’: The Merchant as Adventurer in Civic Pageantry - Tracey Hill 2. Locating the Rhinoceros and Indian: Strangers, Trade, and East India Company in Thomas Heywood’s Porta Pietatis - Amrita Sen 3. "Cleopatra in Her Barge": Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Pageants and the Production of English Cultural Capital - Sarah Crover 4. The Unspoken Language of Aliens, or the Spectacular Conversation between Visiting English and Dutch that Transcended Time and Space - Nancy J. Kay Part II: Material Encounters 5.The Social and Political Dynamics of the Lord Mayor’s Show, c. 1550-1700 - Ian W. Archer 6. Arion’s Harp, Apollo’s Lute: The Instrumental Sounds of London’s Lord Mayors’ Shows - Jennifer Linhart Wood 7. Financial Encounter Customs: Tradition and Form in London’s Civic Pageantry - Jill Ingram Part III: Methodologies for Re-viewing Performance 8. The Duke of Lennox and Civic Entertainments - David M. Bergeron 9. Stephen Harrison’s The Arches of Triumph (1604) and James I’s Royal Entry in the London Literary Marketplace - J. Caitlin Finlayson 10. Musical Transformations of the City Soundscape: King James I’s Entry into London in 1604 - Katherine Butler 11. Building a Digital Geospatial Anthology of the Mayoral Shows - Janelle Jenstad and Mark Kaethler Index

About the Editors

J. Caitlin Finlayson is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA.

Amrita Sen is Associate Professor and Deputy Director of UGC-HRDC at the University of Calcutta, India.

About the Series

Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama

Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama
This series presents original research on theatre histories and performance histories; the time period covered is from about 1500 to the early 18th century. Studies in which women's activities are a central feature of discussion are especially of interest; this may include women as financial or technical support (patrons, musicians, dancers, seamstresses, wig-makers) or house support staff (e.g., gatherers), rather than performance per se. We also welcome critiques of early modern drama that take into account the production values of the plays and rely on period records of performance.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism