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Description - Theatrical Convention and Audience Response in Early Modern Drama by Jeremy Lopez

This book gives a detailed and comprehensive survey of the diverse, theatrically vital formal conventions of the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Besides providing new readings of plays such as Hamlet, Othello, Merchant of Venice, and Titus Andronicus, it also places Shakespeare emphatically within his own theatrical context, insisting on his identity as just one of many working playwrights, and focusing on the relationship between the demanding repertory system of the time and the conventions and content of the plays. Lopez argues that the limitations of the relatively bare stage and non-naturalistic mode of early modern theatre would have made the potential for failure very great, and he proposes that understanding this potential for failure - the way playwrights anticipated it and audiences responded to it - is crucial for understanding the way in which the drama succeeded on stage.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521820066
ISBN-10: 0521820065
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jeremy Lopez

Jeremy Lopez is Assistant Professor of English Literature at the College of William and Mary.

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