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Laughing and weeping in the early modern theatre

Laughing and weeping in the early modern theatre

Author: Matthew Steggle
Publisher: Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2007] ©2007
Series: Studies in performance and early modern drama.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
A study of laughter and weeping in English theatres, broadly defined, from around 1550 until their closure in 1642. The book is concerned both with the representation of these actions on the stage, and with what can be reconstructed about the laughter and weeping of theatrical audiences themselves.

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Steggle
ISBN: 9780754657026 0754657027
OCLC Number: 1013253627
Description: 158 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Contents: Introduction; Renaissance constructions of laughter and weeping; Laughing on stage; Weeping on stage; Audiences laughing; Audiences weeping; Soft smiling?: Lyly and Jonson; Horrid laughter; Shakespeare's theatre of sympathy; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Studies in performance and early modern drama.
Responsibility: Matthew Steggle.
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