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Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama: 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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Strangeness in Jacobean Drama

Strangeness in Jacobean Drama

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Callan Davies
September 16, 2020

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 ...

Civic Performance Pageantry and Entertainments in Early Modern London

Civic Performance Pageantry and Entertainments in Early Modern London

1st Edition

J. Caitlin Finlayson, Amrita Sen
February 12, 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 ...

Teachers in Early Modern English Drama Pedagogy and Authority

Teachers in Early Modern English Drama Pedagogy and Authority

1st Edition

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

Eric Dunnum
October 03, 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

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 ...

Facial Hair and the Performance of Early Modern Masculinity

Facial Hair and the Performance of Early Modern Masculinity

1st Edition

Eleanor Rycroft
July 02, 2019

Facial Hair and the Performance of Early Modern Masculinity is the first full-length critical study to analyse the importance of beards in terms of the theatrical performance of masculinity. According to medical, cultural, and literary discourses of early modern era in England, facial hair marked ...

Women Players in England, 1500–1660 Beyond the All-Male Stage

Women Players in England, 1500–1660 Beyond the All-Male Stage

1st Edition

Peter Parolin, Pamela Allen Brown
March 12, 2008

Offering evidence of women's extensive contributions to the theatrical landscape, this volume sharply challenges the assumption that the stage was 'all male' in early modern England. The editors and contributors argue that the pervasiveness of female performance affected cultural production, even ...

Portraits in Early Modern English Drama Visual Culture, Play-Texts, and Performances

Portraits in Early Modern English Drama Visual Culture, Play-Texts, and Performances

1st Edition

Emanuel Stelzer
May 16, 2019

Portraits in Early Modern English Drama studies the complex web of interconnections that grows out of the presentation of portraits as props in early modern English drama. Emanuel Stelzer considers this theory from the Elizabethan age up to the closing of the theatres. This book examines how the ...

Representations of Flemish Immigrants on the Early Modern Stage

Representations of Flemish Immigrants on the Early Modern Stage

1st Edition

Peter Matthew McCluskey
October 09, 2018

Immigrants from the Low Countries constituted the largest population of resident aliens in early modern England. Possessing superior technology in a number of fields and enjoying governmental protection, the Flemish were charged by many native artisans with unfair economic competition. With ...

Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare's England

Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare's England

1st Edition

Stephannie Gearhart
March 23, 2018

Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare’s England examines the intersection between art and culture and explains how ideas about age circulated in early modern England. Stephannie Gearhart illustrates how a variety of texts – including drama by Shakespeare, Jonson, and ...

The Chester Cycle in Context, 1555–1575 Religion, Drama, and the Impact of Change

The Chester Cycle in Context, 1555–1575 Religion, Drama, and the Impact of Change

1st Edition

Jessica Dell, David Klausner, Helen Ostovich
May 24, 2017

The Chester Cycle in Context, 1555-1575 considers the implications of recent archival research which has profoundly changed our view of the continuation of performances of Chester's civic biblical play cycle into the reign of Elizabeth I. Scholars now view the decline and ultimate abandonment of ...

Cymbeline Constructions of Britain

Cymbeline Constructions of Britain

1st Edition

Ros King
February 28, 2005

In Cymbeline: Constructions of Britain, Ros King argues that because of previous misunderstanding of the nature and history of tragi-comedy, critics have mistaken the tone of Shakespeare's play. Although it is often dismissed as a pedestrian 'romance', or at best a self-parodic reworking of ...

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