Contagion And The Shakespearean Stage by Darryl ChalkContagion And The Shakespearean Stage by Darryl Chalk

Contagion And The Shakespearean Stage

byDarryl ChalkEditorMary Floyd-Wilson

Hardcover | July 13, 2019

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This collection of essays considers what constituted contagion in the minds of early moderns in the absence of modern germ theory. In a wide range of essays focused on early modern drama and the culture of theater, contributors explore how ideas of contagion not only inform representations of the senses (such as smell and touch) and emotions (such as disgust, pity, and shame) but also shape how people understood belief, narrative, and political agency. Epidemic thinking was not limited to medical inquiry or the narrow study of a particular disease. Shakespeare, Thomas Middleton, Ben Jonson, Thomas Dekker and other early modern writers understood that someone might be infected or transformed by the presence of others, through various kinds of exchange, or if exposed to certain ideas, practices, or environmental conditions. The discourse and concept of contagion provides a lens for understanding early modern theatrical performance, dramatic plots, and theater-going itself.


Darryl Chalk is a Senior Lecturer in Theater at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.Mary Floyd-Wilson is the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of English and Comparative Literature at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
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Title:Contagion And The Shakespearean StageFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:292 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:July 13, 2019Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3030144275

ISBN - 13:9783030144272

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Beyond the Plague - Darryl Chalk.- 2. Comedy, the Senses, and Social Contagion inPlays Confused in Five Actions andThe Comedy of Errors - Jennie Votava.- 3. "A Deal of Stinking Breath": The Smell of Contagion in the Early Modern Playhouse - Amy Kenny.- 4. "Go Touch his Life": Contagious Malice and the Power of Touch inThe Witch of Edmonton - Bronwyn Johnston.- 5. Kisses and Contagion inTroilus and Cressida - Jennifer Forsyth.- 6. "Search this Ulcer Soundly": Sex as Contagion inThe Changeling andOthello - Emily Weissbourd.- 7. "Amend thy Face": Contagion and Disgust in theHenriad - Ariane M. Balizet.- 8. Bad Dancing and Contagious Embarrassment inMore Dissemblers Besides Women - Jennifer Panek.- 9. Contagious Pity: Cultural Differences and the Language of Contagion inTitus Andronicus - Jennifer Feather.- 10. The Hungry Meme and Political Contagion inCoriolanus - Clifford Werier.- 11. Hamlet's Story/Stories of Hamlet: Shakespeare's Theatre, the Plague, and Contagious Storytelling - J. F. Bernard.- 12. "Nature Naturized": Plague, Contagious Atheism, andThe Alchemist - John Estabillo.- 12. Embedded in Shakespeare's "Fair Verona" - Rebecca Totaro.- 13. Afterword - Mary Floyd-Wilson.