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Playing and Playgoing in Early Modern England: Actor, Audience and Performance

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emma Whipday



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an edited book that has been published in its final definitive form by Cambridge University Press, 2022.

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This edited collection of essays brings together leading scholars of early modern drama and playhouse culture to reflect upon the study of playing and playgoing in early modern England. With a particular focus on the player-playgoer exchange as a site of dramatic meaning-making, this book offers a timely and significant critical intervention in the field of Shakespeare and early modern drama. Working with and reflecting upon approaches drawn from literary scholarship, theatre history and performance studies, it seeks to advance the critical conversation on the interactions between: players; play-texts; performance spaces; the bodily, sensory and material experiences of the playhouse; and playgoers' responses to, and engagements with, the theatre. Through alternative methodological and theoretical approaches, previously unknown or overlooked evidence, and fresh questions asked of long-familiar materials, the volume offers a new account of early modern drama and performance that seeks to set the agenda for future research and scholarship.

Publication metadata

Editor(s): Whipday E, Smith S

Publication type: Edited Book

Publication status: Published

Series Title:

Year: 2022

Number of Pages: 292

Print publication date: 10/03/2022

Acceptance date: 02/01/2019

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Place Published: Cambridge


DOI: 10.1017/9781108773775

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781108773775