Theatre of the Book, 1480-1880: Print, Text, and Performance in Europe

October 1, 2000|
Theatre of the Book, 1480-1880: Print, Text, and Performance in Europe by Julie Stone Peters
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Theatre of the Book is an account of the entangled histories of print and the theatre in Europe between the Renaissance and the late nineteenth century: a history of European dramatic publication (providing comparative and historical perspective to the growing field of textual studies); an examination of the creation of the modern notion of text and performance; and a comparative genealogy of ideas about theatrical and textual reception. It shows that, far from being marginal to Renaissance dramatists, the printing press had an essential role to play in the birth of the modern theatre, crucially shaping the normative conception of ''theatre'' as a distinct aesthetic medium and of drama as a distinct narrative form, helping to forge a theatricalist aesthetics in opposition to ''the book''. Treating playtexts, engravings, actor portraits, notation systems, and theatrical ephemera at once as material objects and expressions of complex cultural formations, Theatre of the Book examines the European theatre''s continual refashioning of itself in the world of print.
Julie Stone Peters is Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, NY.
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Title:Theatre of the Book, 1480-1880: Print, Text, and Performance in Europe
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:506 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 1.22 in
Shipping dimensions:506 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 1.22 in
Published:October 1, 2000
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780198187141

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