Early Modern Theatricality

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  • Copyright: 2014-02-05
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The original essays in Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature mean to provoke rather than reassure, to challenge rather than codify. Instead of summarizing existing knowledge, scholars working in the field aim at opening fresh discussion; instead of emphasizing settled consensus, they direct their readers to areas of enlivened and unresolved debate.

Following the models established by previous volumes in the Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature series, Early Modern Theatricality launches a new generation of scholarship on early modern drama by focusing on the rich formal capacities of theatrical performance. The collection gathers some of the most innovative critics in the field to examine the techniques, objects, bodies, and conventions that characterized early modern theatricality, from the Tudor period to the Restoration. Taking their cues from a series of guiding keywords, the contributors identify the fundamental features of theatricality in the period, using them to launch conceptually adventurous arguments. The volume generates fresh possibilities for criticism by combining historical, formal, and philosophical questions, in order to provoke our rediscovery of early modern drama in all its complexity and inventiveness.

Author Biography

Henry S. Turner, Rutgers University

Henry S. Turner is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He is the author of The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, Poetics, and the Practical Spatial Arts, 1580-1630 (Oxford, 2006), Shakespeare's Double Helix (Continuum, 2008), the editor of The Culture of Capital: Property, Cities, and Knowledge in Early Modern England (Routledge, 2002), and co-editor of the book series "Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity" at Ashgate Press. His essays have appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly, Renaissance Drama, Configurations, Isis, South Central Review, differences, and postmedieval. His work has been supported by grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
1. Generalization, Henry S. Turner
2. Stages, Laura Weigert
3. Interiority, Richard Preiss
4. Offstage, Peter Womack
5. Scenes, Bruce Smith
6. Lines, Paul Menzer
7. Sources, Stephen Guy-Bray
8. Intertheatricality, William West
9. Skill, Evelyn Tribble
10. Games, Gina Bloom
11. Festivity, Erika Lin
12. Occasion, Scott Trudell
13. Optics, Mary Thomas Crane
14. Ekphrasis, Joel Altman
15. Dumbshow, Jeremy Lopez
16. Indecorum, Ellen MacKay
17. Desire, Madhavi Menon
18. Formaction, Simon Palfrey
19. Now, Scott Maisano
20. Eventuality, Michael Witmore
21. Duel, Paul Kottman
22. Hospitality, Julia Reinhard Lupton
23. Becoming-Indian, Jonathan Gil Harris
24. Poor, Robert Henke
25. Foreign, Susanne Wofford
26. Mobility, Anston Bosman
27. Honestas, Phil Withington
28. Reading, Ann Baynes Coiro
29. Passions, Blair Hoxby
Index of Plays
General Index

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