A New History of Early English Drama
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New History of Early English Drama by John D. Cox
Book DescriptionFor 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231102438
(232mm x 152mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 29-May-1997
Country of Publication: United States
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An authoritative and unique edition of Shakespeare's great history play, incorporating visual and historical materials.
Devil and the Sacred in English Drama, 1350-1642, Paperback (November 2006)» View all books by John D. Cox
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Author Biography - John D. Cox
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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