A Cultural History of Theatre in the Early Modern Age (The Cultural Histories, Book 3)

February 23, 2021
A Cultural History of Theatre in the Early Modern Age (The Cultural Histories, Book 3)

For both producers and consumers of theatre in the early modernera, art was viewed as a social rather than an individual activity.Emerging in the context of new capitalistic modes of production,the birth of the nation state and the rise of absolute monarchies,theatre also proved a highly mobile medium across geolinguisticboundaries. This volume provides a comprehensive andinterdisciplinary overview of the cultural history of theatre from1400 to 1650, and examines the socioeconomically heterodox natureof theatre and performance during this period.Highly illustrated with 48 images, the ten chapters each take adifferent theme as their focus: institutional frameworks; socialfunctions; sexuality and gender; the environment of theatre;circulation; interpretations; communities of production; repertoireand genres; technologies of performance; and knowledgetransmission.