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Early Modern Drama at the Universities

Institutions, Intertexts, Individuals

Elizabeth Sandis

Early Modern Drama at the Universities

Early Modern Drama at the Universities

Institutions, Intertexts, Individuals

Early Modern Drama at the Universities

 

Explores early modern university plays from Oxford and Cambridge and the extent to which participation in university drama influenced the experiences of early modern students. Studies Latin plays to investigate the links between theatre, ritual, and ceremony to show how theatrical performance could confer status and membership within the academy.


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Beschrijving Early Modern Drama at the Universities

This is the first history of Oxford and Cambridge drama during the Tudor and Stuart period. It guides the reader through the theatrical worlds of Englands universities in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Early Modern Drama at the Universities opens up an exciting and challenging body of evidence and offers the reader a choice of three inroads into the corpus: institutions, intertexts, and individuals.

How to get noticed at university? How to get into university in the first place, or a job afterwards? Sandis pinpoints the skills that were required for success and the role of playwriting and performance in the development of those skills. We follow Oxford and Cambridge students along their educational journeyfrom schoolboys to scholars to graduates in the workplace.

For the first time, we see the extent to which institutional culture made the drama what it was: pedagogically-inspired, homosocial, and self-reflexive. It was primarily on a college level that students lived, worked, and proved themselves to the community. Therefore, this study argues, to understand university drama as a whole we must recreate it from the building blocks of individual college histories.

The hundreds of plays that we have inherited from Oxford and Cambridge are steeped in Classical culture; many are written in Latin. Manuscript, not print, was the accepted medium for keeping records of student plays, and these handwritten copies were unique and personal. It is time to recognize these plays in the context of early modern English drama, to uncover the culture of drama at the universities where many leading playwrights of the age were trained.


ISBN
9780192857132
Pagina's
288
Verschenen
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

Literaire non-fictie