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Early Modern Literary Geographies, Early Modern Literary Geographies

Aerial Environments on the Early Modern Stage

Theatres of the Air, 1576-1609

Chloe Kathleen Preedy

Aerial Environments on the Early Modern Stage

Early Modern Literary Geographies, Early Modern Literary Geographies

Aerial Environments on the Early Modern Stage

Theatres of the Air, 1576-1609

Early Modern Literary Geographies, Early Modern Literary Geographies: Aerial Environments on the Early Modern Stage

 

During the early days of the professional English theatre, dramatists wrote for playhouses that, though enclosed by surrounding walls, remained open to the ambient air and the sky above. This book considers the various ways in which the air is brought into presence within early modern drama.


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Beschrijving Early Modern Literary Geographies, Early Modern Literary Geographies: Aerial Environments on the Early Modern Stage

During the early days of the professional English theatre, dramatists including Dekker, Greene, Heywood, Jonson, Marlowe, Middleton, and Shakespeare wrote for playhouses that, though enclosed by surrounding walls, remained open to the ambient air and the sky above. The drama written for performance at these open-air venues drew attention to and reflected on its own relationship to the space of the air. At a time when theories of the imagination emphasized dramatic
performance's reliance upon and implication in the air from and through which its staged fictions were presented and received, plays written for performance at open-air venues frequently draw attention to the nature and significance of that elemental relationship.

Aerial Environments on the Early Modern Stage considers the various ways in which the air is brought into presence within early modern drama, analyzing more than a hundred works that were performed at the London open-air playhouses between 1576 and 1609, with reference to theatrical atmospheres and aerial encounters. It explores how various theatrical effects and staging strategies foregrounded early modern drama's relationship to, and impact on, the actual playhouse air. In
considering open-air drama's pervasive and ongoing attention to aerial imagery, actions, and representational strategies, the book suggest that playwrights and their companies developed a dramaturgical awareness that extended from the earth to encompass and make explicit the space of air.


ISBN
9780192843326
Pagina's
368
Verschijnt
Serie
Early Modern Literary Geographies, Early Modern Literary Geographies
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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