Playwright, Space and Place in Early Modern Performance: Shakespeare and Company (Hardback)
  • Playwright, Space and Place in Early Modern Performance: Shakespeare and Company (Hardback)
zoom

Playwright, Space and Place in Early Modern Performance: Shakespeare and Company (Hardback)

(author)
£120.00
Hardback 328 Pages / Published: 28/10/2011
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Analyzing Elizabethan and Jacobean playtexts for their spatial implications, this innovative study discloses the extent to which the resources and constraints of public playhouse buildings affected the construction of the fictional worlds of early modern plays. The study argues that playwrights were writing with foresight, inscribing the constraints and resources of the stages into their texts. It goes further, to posit that Shakespeare and his playwright-contemporaries adhered to a set of generic conventions, rather than specific local company practices, about how space and place were to be related in performance: the playwrights constituted thus an overarching virtual 'company' producing playtexts that shared features across the acting companies and playhouses. By clarifying a sixteenth- to seventeenth-century conception of theatrical place, Tim Fitzpatrick adds a new layer of meaning to our understanding of the plays. His approach adds a new dimension to these particular documents which-though many of them are considered of great literary worth-were not originally generated for any other reason than to be performed within a specific performance context. The fact that the playwrights were aware of the features of this performance tradition makes their texts a potential mine of performance information, and casts light back on the texts themselves: if some of their meanings are 'spatial', these will have been missed by purely literary tools of analysis.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781409428275
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 758 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Empty Space
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Excellent Audition Guide
Added to basket
Romeo and Juliet
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Dropped Names
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Orson Welles, Volume 1
Added to basket
Contemporary Monologues for Men
Added to basket
The Actor and the Target
Added to basket
How to Stop Acting
Added to basket
£17.99
Paperback
Improvisation for the Theater
Added to basket
True and False
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Golden Rules of Acting
Added to basket
An Actor Prepares
Added to basket
Olivier
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Rules of Acting
Added to basket
Contemporary Monologues for Women
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.