Drama as Text and Performance

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture
EditorsMichael Hattaway
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781444319019
ISBN (Print)9781405187626
StatePublished - Mar 16 2010


  • 'To the Reader' in The Fawn (1606) - John Marston claiming,'Comedies are writ to be spoken, not read: remember the life of these things consists in action'
  • Drama as performance - the evidence for spectacle
  • Drama as text - early printed play-texts
  • Drama as text and performance
  • Early printed plays - emphasising this difference between reading and playgoing
  • Plays from the period, surviving in multiple versions - task of editors and critics to determine which of these is the most authoritative
  • Relationship between early modern text and early modern performance
  • Seeming opposition between page and stage - shaping criticism of early modern drama
  • Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis, his best-selling play, 1 Henry IV
  • The Battle of Alcazar (1591) - employing '3 vials of blood and a sheep's gather' for one especially gory battle scene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities

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