Making Space Public in Early Modern Europe

Performance, Geography, Privacy

Edited by Angela Vanhaelen, Joseph P. Ward

© 2013 – Routledge

306 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Broadening the conversation begun in Making Publics in Early Modern Europe (2009), this book examines how the spatial dynamics of public making changed the shape of early modern society. The publics visited in this volume are voluntary groupings of diverse individuals that could coalesce through the performative uptake of shared cultural forms and practices. The contributors argue that such forms of association were social productions of space as well as collective identities. Chapters explore a range of cultural activities such as theatre performances; travel and migration; practices of persuasion; the embodied experiences of lived space; and the central importance of media and material things in the creation of publics and the production of spaces. They assess a multiplicity of publics that produced and occupied a multiplicity of social spaces where collective identity and voice could be created, discovered, asserted, and exercised. Cultural producers and consumers thus challenged dominant ideas about just who could enter the public arena, greatly expanding both the real and imaginary spaces of public life to include hitherto excluded groups of private people. The consequences of this historical reconfiguration of public space remain relevant, especially for contemporary efforts to meaningfully include the views of ordinary people in public life.

Table of Contents

Introduction Steven Mullaney and Angela Vanhaelen Part I: Performative Spatial Pratices 1. What’s Hamlet to Habermas? Spatial Literacy, Theatrical Publication, and the Publics of Early Modern Public Stage Steven Mullaney 2.English Coffeehouses and French Salons: Rethinking Habermas, Gender and Sociability in Early Modern French and British Historiography Brian Cowan 3. Viewing the Paper Stage: Civil War, Print, Theatre and the Public Sphere Rachel Willie 4. Place, Space, and Public Formation in the Drama of the Spanish Empire Margaret R. Greer Part II: Spaces Between: Transforming Journeys and Geographies 5. Assembling the Archipelago: Isolarii and the Horizons of Early Modern Public Making Bronwen Wilson 6. "Now through you made public for everyone": John Ogilby’s Britannia (1675), the 1598 Peutinger Map Facsimile, and the Shaping of Public Space Meredith Donaldson Clark 7. "Exposed to Everyone's Eyes": The Urban Prospect and the Publicity of Representation in Israel Silvestre's Profile of the City of Rome, 1687 Elena Napolitano 8. Sensing Space and Making Publics Marlene Eberhart 9. Town and Country: The Geography of the English Literary Public Kevin Pask Part III: The Potential of the Private 10. Negotiating the ‘forum politicum’ and the ‘forum conscientiae’: John Calvin and the Religious Origins of the Modern Public Sphere Torrance Kirby 12. Painting the Visible Church: The Calvinist Art of Making Publics Angela Vanhaelen 13. Matrices of Force: Spinozist Monism and Margaret Cavendish's Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World Meredith Evans 13. The Reformation of Space in Shakespeare's Playhouse Paul Yachnin

About the Editors

Angela Vanhaelen is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art History and Communicataion Studies at McGill University, Canada.

Joseph Ward is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Mississippi, US.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

From Shakespeare to Jonson, Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture looks at both the literature and culture of the early modern period. This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering literature alongside theatre, popular culture, race, gender, ecology, space, and other subjects, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS037020
HISTORY / Renaissance
LIT019000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Renaissance