Theatres and Encyclopedias in Early Modern Europe
By (author) William N. West
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Theatres and Encyclopedias in Early Modern Europe by William N. West
Book DescriptionIn this 2003 book West explores what 'theatre' meant to medieval and Renaissance writers and places Renaissance drama within the influential context of the encyclopedic writings produced at the time. It was an encyclopedic culture, obsessed with sorting knowledge, and early encyclopedias presented themselves as textual theatres, in which everything knowable could be represented in concrete, visible form. Medieval and Renaissance plays, similarly, took encyclopedic themes as their topics: the mysteries of nature, universal history, the world of learning. But instead of transmitting authorized knowledge unambiguously, as it was supposed to be, the theatre created a situation in which ordinary experience could become a source of authority. West covers a wide range of works, from the encyclopedic texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance to Marlowe's Dr Faustus, Jonson's The Alchemist, and Bacon's Novum Organum, to provide a fascinating picture of the cultural life of the period.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521030618
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author William N. West
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Explores the variety of theatrical and performance traditions and practices in early modern Europe and intersecting cultures. This book features articles that extend our understanding of early modern playing, theater history, and dramatic texts and interpretation.
Rematerializing Shakespeare, Hardback (November 2005)
To 'rematerialize' is not to recover a lost material infrastructure, nor is it to restore to some material existence its priority over the imaginary. This collection of work by some of the critics in Shakespeare studies demonstrates that the materiality of Shakespeare is multidimensional and consists of the imagination, and the desired.
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This 2003 book places Renaissance drama within the cultural context of the encyclopedic texts written at the time.
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Author Biography - William N. West
William West has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of Nevada, Reno, and is currently assistant Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has published on encyclopedism, the arts of memory, symbolic economies, and the epistemology of early modern performance in journals such as English Literary Renaissance, Renaissance Drama, and Comparative Literature. He is currently at work on a book on the significance of confusion and misunderstanding in early modern drama.
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