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Spatial representations and the Jacobean stage : from Shakespeare to Webster

Author: Russell West-Pavlov
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2002.
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"Spatial Representations and the Jacobean Stage reminds us that theatre takes place on a stage-space, using spatial means of representation. For early modern theatregoers, the spatial messages created in the theatre had much to say about the transformations of English society in the opening decades of the seventeenth century. West examines various spatial aspects of the rapidly changing era between the death of  Read more...
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Named Person: William Shakespeare; John Webster; William Shakespeare; John Webster
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Russell West-Pavlov
ISBN: 0333973739 9780333973738
OCLC Number: 47755852
Description: x, 276 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Staging Space --
1. Stage-space in the Jacobean Age --
2. The Sun King: James I and the Court Masque --
3. The Dumb God: Money as an Engine for Mobility --
4. Mean Persons and Counterfeit Port: Social Mobility --
5. Masterless Men and Shifting Knavery: Demographic Mobility --
6. Travelling Thoughts: Travel on the Stage --
7. Local Thought: Intellectual and Subjective Mobility --
Coda: Drama and the Appropriation of Social Space.
Responsibility: Russell West.
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This text shows that early modern audiences were aware of the spatial aspects of the stage. West examines the ways Jacobean dramatists used stage space to explore the spatial transformations of early  Read more...

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