From script to stage in early Modern England.

By: Holland, Peter, 1951-.
Contributor(s): Orgel, Stephen.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Redefining British theatre history.Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004Description: xiii, 251 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. (pbk).ISBN: 140393343X.Subject(s): Performing Arts | 17th century | Theater-Great Britain-History-16th centuryDDC classification: 792.0942HOL
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This collection brings together a group of distinguished and original theatre historians engaged in rethinking the nature of early modern theatre history as a discipline. Whether focusing on the relation between scripts and performance practice, the structure of theatrical companies, the social dimensions of drama, or the archaeology of the stage, all are concerned with basic questions of evidence and interpretation, and offer significant, and often startling, revisions of our view of the early modern theatre.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Illustrations
  • Series Introduction: Redefining British Theatre History
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Introduction: A View from the Stage
  • Part I Questions of Evidence
  • Henslowe's Rose/Shakespeare's Globe
  • Masks, Mimes and Miracles: Medieval English Theatricality and its Illusions
  • Theatre without Drama: Reading REED
  • Part II Interrogating Data
  • A New Theater Historicism
  • Staging Evidence
  • Part III What is a Play?
  • Drama in the Archives: Recognizing Medieval Plays
  • E/loco/com/motion
  • Re-patching the Play
  • Part IV Women's Work
  • Slanderous Aesthetics and the Woman Writer: The Case of Hole v. White
  • Labors Lost: Women's Work and Early Modern Theatrical Commerce
  • The Sharer and His Boy: Rehearsing Shakespeare's Women
  • Index

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CHOICE Review

This book is part of the "Redefining British Theatre History" series, which "brings together major practitioners in theatre history in order to establish ways in which previous assumptions need fundamental questioning and to initiate new directions for the field." The 12 contributors to this volume do not confine themselves to scripts; they also explore the circumstances of theatrical production, drawing heavily on materials unearthed and presented in the 22 volumes of the "Records of Early English Drama" ("REED") series. Holland (Univ. of Notre Dame) and Orgel (Stanford) group the essays in four sections: "Questions of Evidence," "Interrogating Data," "What Is a Play?" and "Women's Work." Andrew Gurr's essay, "A New Theater Historicism" (the first essay in part 2), is particularly cogent. Much of the material the essays examine is open to interpretation; one contributor likens the process to the US government's attempt to evaluate scraps of intelligence before embarking on the Iraq War. Those who teach theater history will find that this book questions many long-held assumptions. Extensive notes increase the value of this thoughtful, useful volume. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. R. Sugarman emeritus, Southern Vermont College