Documents of Performance in Early Modern England by Tiffany SternDocuments of Performance in Early Modern England by Tiffany Stern

Documents of Performance in Early Modern England

byTiffany Stern

Hardcover | October 30, 2009

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As well as 'play-makers' and 'poets', playwrights of the early modern period were known as 'play-patchers' because their texts were made from separate documents. This book is the first to consider all the papers created by authors and theatres by the time of the opening performance, recovering types of script not previously known to have existed. With chapters on plot-scenarios, arguments, playbills, prologues and epilogues, songs, staged scrolls, backstage-plots and parts, it shows how textually distinct production was from any single unified book. And, as performance documents were easily lost, relegated or reused, the story of a play's patchy creation also becomes the story of its co-authorship, cuts, revisions and additions. Using a large body of fresh evidence, Documents of Performance in Early Modern England brings a wholly new reading to printed and manuscript playbooks of the Shakespearean period, redefining what a play, and what a playwright, actually is.
Title:Documents of Performance in Early Modern EnglandFormat:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:October 30, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521842379

ISBN - 13:9780521842372


Table of Contents

Introduction: playwrights as play-patchers; 1. Plot-scenarios; 2. Playbills and title-pages; 3. 'Arguments' in playhouse and book; 4. Prologues, epilogues, interim entertainments; 5. Songs and masques; 6. Scrolls; 7. Backstage plots; 8 and 9. The approved 'book' and actors' parts; Conclusion: repatching the play.

Editorial Reviews

'outstrips the magisterial E. K. Chambers'.
-Katherine Duncan-Jones (book of the year, TLS)