Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England

Author: John Pitcher
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838638361
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 392
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Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England is an international volume published every year in a hardcover edition. Each volume contains essays and studies by critics and cultural historians from both hemispheres as well as substantial reviews of books and essays dealing with medieval and early modern English drama. Volume 17 is specially commissioned to celebrate the scholarship and career of Leeds Barroll, the founding Editor of MaRDiE. Its contents mirror Barroll's many contributions to the study of Shakespeare, the drama, and royal and aristocratic patronage in early modern England.

The Mistress Contract (Oberon Modern Plays)

Author: Abi Morgan,She and He
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 1783195525
Category: Drama
Page: 96
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She and He are the pseudonyms of a real-life couple who live in separate houses in the same city on the west coast of America. She is 88. He is 93. For 30 years he has provided her with a home and an income, while she provides ‘mistress services’ – ‘All sexual acts as requested, with suspension of historical, emotional, psychological disclaimers.’ They first met at university and then lost touch. When they met again twenty years later, they began an affair when She – a highly educated, intelligent woman with a history of involvement in the feminist movement – asked her wealthy lover to sign the remarkable document that outlines their unconventional lifestyle: The Mistress Contract. Was her suggestion a betrayal of all that she and the women of her generation had fought for? Or was it brave, honest, and radical? Then — on a small recorder that fit in her purse — this extraordinary couple began to tape their conversations about their relationship, conversations that took place while travelling, over dinner at home and in restaurants, on the phone, even in bed. Based on reams of tape recordings made over their 30 year relationship, The Mistress Contract is a remarkable document of this unconventional couple, and the contract that kept them bound together to this day.

Constructing the Canon of Early Modern Drama

Author: Jeremy Lopez
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107030579
Category: Drama
Page: 244
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Through short, provocative readings of unfamiliar plays, this book provides the first-ever history of the canon of Renaissance drama.

Violence in American Drama

Essays on Its Staging, Meanings and Effects
Author: Alfonso Ceballos Muñoz,,Ramón Espejo Romero,Bernardo Muñoz Martinez
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786488972
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 296
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This interdisciplinary collection of 19 essays addresses violence on the American stage. Topics include the revolutionary period and the role of violence in establishing national identity, violence by and against ethnic groups, and females as perpetrators and victims, as well as state and psychological violence and violence within the family. The book works to assess whether representing violence may cause its cessation, or whether it generates further destruction. Featured playwrights include Susan Glaspell, Sophie Treadwell, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Amiri Baraka, Luis Valdes, Cherríe Moraga, Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Neil LaBute, John Guare, Rebecca Gilman, and Heather MacDonald.

How to Read a Shakespearean Play Text

Author: Eugene Giddens
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521886406
Category: Drama
Page: 187
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An invaluable introductory guide for students on how to engage with the original printed texts of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Modern Drama in Theory and Practice: Volume 1, Realism and Naturalism

Author: J. L. Styan,J. L. (Northwestern University Styan, Illinois)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521296281
Category: Drama
Page: 224
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This 1981 volume begins with the French revolt against naturalism in theatre and then covers the European realist movement.

Renaissance Drama 31

New Series XXXI 2002 Performing Affect
Author: Jeffrey Masten,Wendy Wall
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 0810119625
Category: Drama
Page: 246
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"Performing Affect," Volume 31 of Renaissance Drama, examine the rehearsal of emotion on the Renaissance stage. These new essays consider the ways in which Renaissance plays represent emotional states, while also presenting new scholarship specifically on the performance of the "affect" on the early modern stage. Topics include: emotion and the humoral body; domestic abuse and trauma; the politics of onstage gesture; the relation of idolatry, desire, and necrophilia; the performance of such affective states as religious fervor, memory, jealousy, melancholy, and heroic masculinity. Renaissance Drama, an annual and interdisciplinary publication, is devoted to drama and performance as a central feature of Renaissance culture. The essays in each volume explore traditional canons of drama, the significance of performance (broadly construed) to early modern culture, and the impact of new forms of interpretation on the study of Renaissance plays, theater, and performance.

Five Modern Plays

Author: Edmund R. Brown
Publisher: Branden Books
ISBN: 9780828314350
Category: Drama
Page: 96
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Dreamy Kid (3 women 1 boy); Farewell Supper (1 woman 3 men); Lost Silk Hat (5 men); Sister's Tragedy (3 women 2 men); Intruder (3 men 5 women).

The Cultural Geography of Early Modern Drama, 1620–1650

Author: Julie Sanders
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139497340
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: N.A
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Literary geographies is an exciting new area of interdisciplinary research. Innovative and engaging, this book applies theories of landscape, space and place from the discipline of cultural geography within an early modern historical context. Different kinds of drama and performance are analysed: from commercial drama by key playwrights to household masques and entertainment performed by families and in semi-official contexts. Sanders provides a fresh look at works from the careers of Ben Jonson, John Milton and Richard Brome, paying attention to geographical spaces and habitats like forests, coastlines and arctic landscapes of ice and snow, as well as the more familiar locales of early modern country estates and city streets and spaces. Overall, the book encourages readers to think about geography as kinetic, embodied and physical, not least in its literary configurations, presenting a key contribution to early modern scholarship.

How to Produce the Play

The Complete Production Handbook
Author: Margaret Mary Young,John Wray Young
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing
ISBN: 9780871293657
Category: Amateur plays
Page: 96
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The Book of the Play

Playwrights, Stationers, and Readers in Early Modern England
Author: Marta Straznicky
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781558495333
Category: Drama
Page: 237
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This collection of essays examines early modern drama in the context of book history, and focuses on the readership of plays that opens different perspectives on the relationship between the cultures of print and performance.

The Play Within the Play

The Performance of Meta-theatre and Self-reflection
Author: Gerhard Fischer,Bernhard Greiner
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9042022574
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 460
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The thirty chapters of this innovative international study are all devoted to the topic ofthe play within the play. The authors explore the wide range of aesthetic, literary-theoretical and philosophical issues associated with this rhetorical device, not only in terms of its original meta-theatrical setting – from the baroque idea of atheatrum mundi onward to contemporary examples of postmodern self-referential dramaturgy – but also with regard to a variety of different generic applications, e.g. in narrative fiction, musical theatre and film. The authors, internationally recognized specialists in their respective fields, draw on recent debates in such areas as postcolonial studies, game and systems theories, media and performance studies, to analyze the specific qualities and characteristics ofthe play within the play: as ultimate affirmation of the 'self' (the 'Hamlet paradigm'), as a self-reflective agency of meta-theatrical discourse, and as a vehicle of intermedial and intercultural transformation. The challenging study, with its underlying premise of play as a key feature of cultural anthropology and human creativity, breaks new ground by placingthe play within the play at the centre of a number of intersecting scholarly discourses on areas of topical concern to scholars in the humanities.

Shakespeare's Theatres and the Effects of Performance

Author: Farah Karim Cooper,Tiffany Stern
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408174642
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 306
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How did Elizabethan and Jacobean acting companies create their visual and aural effects? What materials were available to them and how did they influence staging and writing? What impact did the sensations of theatre have on early modern audiences? How did the construction of the playhouses contribute to technological innovations in the theatre? What effect might these innovations have had on the writing of plays? Shakespeare's Theatres and The Effects of Performance is a landmark collection of essays by leading international scholars addressing these and other questions to create a unique and comprehensive overview of the practicalities and realities of the theatre in the early modern period.

Modern French Drama 1940-1990

Author: David Bradby
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521408431
Category: Drama
Page: 331
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An updated account and comparison of the major traditions and tendencies in the French theatre from 1940-1990.

Imagining the Audience in Early Modern Drama, 1558-1642

Author: J. Low,N. Myhill
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230118399
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 218
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This essay collection builds on the latest research on the topic of theatre audiences in early modern England. In broad terms, the project answers the question, 'How do we define the relationships between performance and audience?'.