This series provides a forum for monographs and essay collections that investigate the material culture, broadly conceived, of theatre and performance in England from the late Tudor to the pre-Restoration Stuart periods (c. 1550–1650).
The editors invite proposals for book-length studies engaging in the material vitality of the dramatic text, political culture, theatre and performance history, theatrical design, performance spaces, gendering court entertainments, child- and adult-actors, music, dance, and audiences in London and on tour. We are also interested in the discursive production of gender, sex, and race in early modern England in relation to material historical, social, cultural, and political structures; changes to and effects of law; monarchy and the republic in dramatic texts; theatre and performance, including performance spaces that are not in theatres. Further topics might include the production and consumption of things and ideas; costumes, props, theatre records and accounts, gendering of spaces and geographies (court, tavern, street, and household, rural or urban), cross-dressing, military or naval excursions, gendered pastimes, games, behaviors, rituals, fashions, and encounters with the exotic, the non-European, the disabled, and the demonic and their reflection in text and performance.
Keywords: Drama, theatre, performance, material culture, gender, Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Geographical Scope: United Kingdom
Chronological Scope: c. 1550-1650
Series editor and editorial board
To submit a proposal or completed manuscript to be considered for publication by Medieval Institute Publications or to learn more about the series, please contact the acquisitions editor, Erika Gaffney.
The series' Editorial Board comprises:
- Cristina León Alfar, Hunter College, CUNY, USA
- Helen Ostovich, McMaster University, Canada
Forthcoming in this Series
Elizabeth I, the Subversion of Flattery, and John Lyly's Plays and Entertainments
By Theodora A. Jankowski
Theodora Jankowski looks at both the light and the dark side of the Elizabeth character in each of John Lyly's court plays, while at the same time considering how that allegory works in terms of the various issues Lyly debates within the plays. She demonstrates how Lyly, while praising the queen and accepting her beneficence, simultaneously manages to present his audiences with the "dark queen," the opposite side of the positive image of the Queen of England.
ISBN 978-1-58044-333-3 (clothbound), 978-1-58044-334-0 (PDF) © 2018
Mourning Men in Shakespeare's England
By Andrew D. McCarthy
Exploring plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Mourning Men in Shakespeare's England argues that early modern playwrights deployed the classical lament so to consider the profound cultural trauma of the Reformation, but also complicate early understandings of masculinity.
Dismemberment in the Medieval and Early Modern English Imaginary: The Performance of Difference
By Frederika Elizabeth Bain
The medieval and early modern English imaginary encompasses a broad range of negative and positive dismemberments, from the castration anxieties of Turk plays to the elite practices of distributive burial. This study argues that representations and instances of bodily fragmentation illustrated and performed acts of exclusion and inclusion, detaching not only limbs from bodies but individuals from identity groups. Within this context, it examines questions of legitimate and illegitimate violence, showing that such distinctions largely rested upon particular acts’ assumed symbolic meanings.
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