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Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama


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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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Imitation and Contamination of the Classics in the Comedies of Ben Jonson Guides Not Commanders

Imitation and Contamination of the Classics in the Comedies of Ben Jonson: Guides Not Commanders

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Tom Harrison
November 25, 2022

This book focuses on the influence of classical authors on Ben Jonson’s dramaturgy, with particular emphasis on the Greek and Roman playwrights and satirists. This book illuminates the interdependence of the aspects of Jonson’s creative personality by considering how classical performance elements...

From Playtext to Performance on the Early Modern Stage How Did They Do It?

From Playtext to Performance on the Early Modern Stage: How Did They Do It?

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Leslie Thomson
July 15, 2022

This book reconsiders the evidence for what we know (or think we know) about early modern performance conditions. This study encourages a new recognition and treatment of certain aspects of the plays as evidence – and demonstrates the significance of the implications of that new information. This ...

Strangeness in Jacobean Drama

Strangeness in Jacobean Drama

1st Edition

By Callan Davies
May 06, 2022

Callan Davies presents “strangeness” as a fresh critical paradigm for understanding the construction and performance of Jacobean drama—one that would have been deeply familiar to its playwrights and early audiences. This study brings together cultural analysis, philosophical enquiry, and the ...

Consent in Shakespeare What Women Do and Don’t Say and Do in Shakespeare’s Mediterranean Comedies and Origin Stories

Consent in Shakespeare: What Women Do and Don’t Say and Do in Shakespeare’s Mediterranean Comedies and Origin Stories

1st Edition

By Artemis Preeshl
September 30, 2021

By examining how female characters speak and act during coming of age, engagement, marriage, and intimacy, Consent in Shakespeare will enhance understanding about how and why women spoke, remained silent, or acted as they did in relation to their intimate partners in Early Modern and contemporary ...

Shakespeare’s Hobby-Horse and Early Modern Popular Culture

Shakespeare’s Hobby-Horse and Early Modern Popular Culture

1st Edition

By Natália Pikli
August 27, 2021

This book explores the ways in which the early modern hobby-horse featured in different productions of popular culture between the 1580s and 1630s. Natália Pikli approaches this study with a thorough and interdisciplinary examination of hobby-horse references, with commentary on the polysemous ...

Dance Lexicon in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries A Corpus Based Approach

Dance Lexicon in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: A Corpus Based Approach

1st Edition

By Fabio Ciambella
May 24, 2021

This book provides a thorough analysis of terpsichorean lexis in Renaissance drama. Besides considering not only the Shakespearean canon but also the Bard’s contemporaries (e.g., dramatists as John Marston and Ben Jonson among the most refined Renaissance dance aficionados), the originality of this ...

The Self-Centred Art Ben Jonson's Parts in Performance

The Self-Centred Art: Ben Jonson's Parts in Performance

1st Edition

By Jakub Boguszak
March 31, 2021

The Self-Centred Art is a study of the plays of Ben Jonson and the actors who first performed in them. Jakub Boguszak shows how the idiosyncrasies of Jonson’s comic characters were thrown into relief in actors’ part-scripts—scrolls containing a single actor’s lines and cues—some five hundred of ...

Civic Performance Pageantry and Entertainments in Early Modern London

Civic Performance: Pageantry and Entertainments in Early Modern London

1st Edition

Edited By J. Caitlin Finlayson, Amrita Sen
February 17, 2020

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 ...

Female Mourning and Tragedy in Medieval and Renaissance English Drama From the Raising of Lazarus to King Lear

Female Mourning and Tragedy in Medieval and Renaissance English Drama: From the Raising of Lazarus to King Lear

1st Edition

By Katharine Goodland
November 09, 2016

Grieving women in early modern English drama, this study argues, recall not only those of Classical tragedy, but also, and more significantly, the lamenting women of medieval English drama, especially the Virgin Mary. Looking at the plays of Shakespeare, Kyd, and Webster, this book presents a ...

Teachers in Early Modern English Drama Pedagogy and Authority

Teachers in Early Modern English Drama: Pedagogy and Authority

1st Edition

By Jean Lambert
November 14, 2019

Starting from the early modern presumption of the incorporation of role with authority, Jean Lambert explores male teachers as representing and engaging with types of authority in English plays and dramatic entertainments by Shakespeare and his contemporaries from the late sixteenth to the early ...

Unruly Audiences and the Theater of Control in Early Modern London

Unruly Audiences and the Theater of Control in Early Modern London

1st Edition

By Eric Dunnum
September 30, 2019

Unruly Audiences and the Theater of Control in Early Modern London explores the effects of audience riots on the dramaturgy of early modern playwrights, arguing that playwrights from Marlowe to Brome often used their plays to control the physical reactions of their audience. This study analyses how...

Staging Gender in Behn and Centlivre Women's Comedy and the Theatre

Staging Gender in Behn and Centlivre: Women's Comedy and the Theatre

1st Edition

By Nancy Copeland
March 28, 2004

Staging Gender in Behn and Centlivre studies the representation of gender in four of the most important plays by the leading professional women playwrights of the late Stuart period. Behn's The Rover (1677) and The Luckey Chance (1686) and Centlivre's The Busie Body (1709) and The Wonder: A Woman ...

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