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Drama and the Succession to the Crown, 1561-1633

by Lisa Hopkins

Hopkins argues the succession to the throne was a burning topic not only in the final years of Elizabeth but well into the 1630s, and drama, with its disguised identities and oblique relationship to reality,...


Poetics of the Iconotext

by Liliane Louvel & edited by Karen Jacobs

Poetics of the Iconotext makes available the theories of the respected French text/image specialist Professor Liliane Louvel and introduces English readers to the most current thinking in French text/image theory...


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

by Tim Fitzpatrick

Analyzing Elizabethan and Jacobean play texts for their spatial implications, this innovative study discloses the extent to which the resources and constraints of public playhouse buildings affected the construction...


Religion and Drama in Early Modern England: The Performance of Religion on the Renaissance Stage

by Jane Hwang Degenhardt & Elizabeth Williamson

Reassessing the relationship between religion and drama in early modern England, this collection explores the commercial theater's reframing of religious culture. Essays foreground the material conditions of...


Motherhood and Patriarchal Masculinities in Sixteenth-Century Italian Comedy

by Yael Manes

Exploring individual and collective formation of gender identities, this book analyses plays in the genre of 'erudite comedy' (commedia erudita), which was extremely popular among elite sixteenth-century Italians....


Transgressive Theatricality, Romanticism, and Mary Wollstonecraft

by Lisa Plummer Crafton

Lisa Plummer Crafton argues that, throughout her works, Mary Wollstonecraft engages with early Romantic notions of the theatrical and contributes to contemporary debates on theater. Within the context of the...


Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama

by Michelle M. Dowd & Natasha Korda

Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama investigates the ways in which work became a subject of inquiry on the early modern stage and the processes by which the drama began to forge new connections between...


America in Literature and Film: Modernist Perceptions, Postmodernist Representations

by Ahmed Elbeshlawy

Utilizing Lacan's psychoanalytic theory and Žižek's philosophical adaption of it, this book brings into dialogue a series of literary works, films and critical theory that are concerned with defining America....


Europe's Languages on England's Stages, 1590-1620

by Marianne Montgomery

Exploring issues of culture and performance raised by presentations of European languages-Welsh, French, Dutch, Spanish, Irish and Latin-on the stage, this book treats sound and performance as essential to understanding...


The Mother's Legacy in Early Modern England

by Jennifer Heller

Reading twenty printed and manuscript texts composed between 1575 and 1672, Heller defines the genre of the mother's legacy as a distinct branch of the advice tradition in early modern England. Attending to...


Architecture as a Performing Art

by Marcia Feuerstein & Gray Read

This collection of essays reveals a deep alliance between architecture and the performing arts, uncovering its roots in ancient stories, and tracing a continuous tradition of thought that emerges in contemporary...


Bodies of Sound: Studies Across Popular Music and Dance

by Sherril Dodds & Susan C. Cook

From the ragtime one-step of the early twentieth century to the contemporary practices of youth club cultures, popular dance and music are inextricably linked. This collection reveals the intimate connections...


Performing Masculinity in English University Drama, 1598-1636

by Christopher Marlow

Referencing early modern English play texts alongside contemporary records, accounts and statutes, this study offers an overdue assessment of the relationship between the dramatic efforts of the universities...


Ways of Meeting and the Theology of Religions

by David Cheetham

Exploring the different points of view and 'tones of voice' adopted in theology for the meeting of religions, this book presents a contemporary philosophical and theological engagement with key issues of how...


Canines in Cervantes and Velázquez: An Animal Studies Reading of Early Modern Spain

by John Beusterien

To date, no scholarly history of early modern Spanish dogs has been published. Aside from carrying out this task, this book evaluates the representation of dogs in the work of the artist Diego Velázquez and...


Ludics in Surrealist Theatre and Beyond

by Vassiliki Rapti

This study reconsiders Surrealist theatre specifically from the perspective of ludics - a poetics of play and games - an ideal approach to the Surrealists, whose games blur the boundaries between the 'playful'...


Dynastic Marriages 1612/1615: A Celebration of the Habsburg and Bourbon Unions

by Margaret M. McGowan

The union of the two royal houses - the Habsburgs and the Bourbons - in the early seventeenth century illustrates the extent to which marriage was a tool of government in Renaissance Europe, and festivals a...


The Senses in Religious Communities, 1600-1800: Early Modern 'Convents of Pleasure'

by Nicky Hallett

Offering a comprehensive analysis of newly-uncovered manuscripts from two English convents near Antwerp, this study gives unprecedented insight into the role of the senses in enclosed religious communities during...


Balzac, Grandville, and the Rise of Book Illustration

by Keri Yousif

How the rise of book illustration affected the historic hegemony of the word is the topic of Keri Yousif's study of the complex relationship between the novelist Honoré de Balzac and the illustrator J. J. Grandville....


Roman Catholic Saints and Early Victorian Literature: Conservatism, Liberalism, and the Emergence of Secular Culture

by Devon Fisher

Offering readings of nineteenth-century travel narratives, works by Tractarians, the early writings of Charles Kingsley and the poetry of Alfred Tennyson, Fisher examines representations of Roman Catholic saints...