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Drugs and theater in early modern England

Author: Tanya Pollard
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Drugs and Theater in Early Modern England asks why Shakespeare and his contemporary playwrights were so preoccupied with drugs and poisons and, at a deeper level, why both critics and supporters of the theater, as well as playwrights themselves, so frequently adopted a chemical vocabulary to describe the effects of the theater on audiences. Drawing upon original medical and literary research, Pollard shows that the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tanya Pollard
ISBN: 019927083X 9780199270835
OCLC Number: 60360199
Description: vii, 211 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 'Unnatural and horrid physic': Pharmaceutical theater in Jonson and Webster --
'A thing like death': Shakespeare's narcotic theater --
'Polluted with counterfeit colours': Cosmetic theater --
Poisoned kisses: Theater of seduction --
Vulnerable ears: Hamlet and poisonous theater.
Responsibility: Tanya Pollard.
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