A New History of Early English Drama

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Columbia University Press, 1997 - Drama - 565 pages
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For many years the study of pre-seventeenth-century English drama was shaped largely by an understanding that everything written revolved around the individual author, either as part of the tradition that prepared the way for Shakespeare or as part of his legacy.

Now twenty-five original essays by leading theorists and historians chart a paradigmatic shift within the field. In contrast to the traditional emphasis on individual authors, the contributors here explore the place of the stage within the larger society, as well as issues of performance and physical space.

The essays are organized into three sections: "Early English Drama and Physical Space" examines the settings in which plays were acted; "Early English Drama and Social Space" juxtaposes the theater with such contemporary subcultures as the church, the city, and the court. Finally, "Early English Drama and Conditions of Performance and Publication" explores a wide range of material conditions and contexts, from props to printers.

A major summary of contemporary scholarship and a storehouse of new theoretical and historical information, A New History of Early English Drama skillfully illustrates the complex influence of physical and social elements woven into the texts, and provides an innovative approach to literary studies and cultural history.

  

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Contents

The English Church as Theatrical Space
25
A Commonty a Christmas gambold or
39
John R Elliott Jr
68
Streets and Markets
77
John Orrell
93
Theater and Religious Culture
133
The Theater and Domestic Culture
173
Entertainments at Court
195
Personnel and Professionalization
337
Authorship and Collaboration
357
The Publication of Playbooks
383
Patronage and the Economics of Theater
423
The Revision of Scripts
441
The Repertory
461
Plays in Manuscript
481
BIBLIOGRAPHY
499

The Theater and Literary Culture
213
Theater and Popular Culture
231
Touring
251
Censorship
287
CONTRIBUTORS
545
INDEX OF PLAYS
561
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About the author (1997)

John D. Cox is the DuMez Professor of English at Hope College.

David Scott Kastan is professor of English at Columbia University.

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