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Persecution, plague, and fire : fugitive histories of the stage in early modern England

Author: Ellen MacKay
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2011.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ellen MacKay
ISBN: 9780226500195 0226500195 9780226500188 0226500187
OCLC Number: 650827415
Description: xiii, 242 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: the theater as a loaded gun --
The hurt that comes of fooling --
Aeschylus's ballistic stage --
The ruins of Rome --
The theater as persecution --
Tragedy's guilty creatures --
England's conscience-catching theater --
Rome's fatal charades --
Tyrannical drama --
The dream of theatrical justice --
Hamlet's show trial --
The king's immunity --
The widow's foregone confession --
Gertrude's uncaught conscience --
Orestes redux --
The end of Rome --
The fall of the unified church --
The theater as infection --
The toxic middle age --
"The theater and the plague" --
"The sure disease of uncertaine causes" --
The life of performance --
Not quite nothing --
Stigmatical drama --
Some symptoms of the medieval stage --
"It is not words that shakes me thus" --
The plague in art --
"Look there, look there!" --
The apocalypse to come --
The theater as conflagration --
The eschatology of the Tudor stage --
The theater's propensity for burning --
Raising the "cry of Sodom" --
Wielding the crime of Sodom --
Sodomy's false origins --
Sodomitical drama --
The sought apocalypse --
Remembering Lot's wife --
The stage's hymeneal contract --
The impossible history of theater fires --
The mare mortuum's infinite stage --
Afterword: on the uncertainty of what comes after.
Responsibility: Ellen MacKay.

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