The Early Stuart Masque: Dance, Costume, and Music

Paperback | January 22, 2009

byBarbara Ravelhofer

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The Early Stuart Masque: Dance, Costume, and Music studies the complex impact of movements, costumes, words, scenes, music, and special effects in English illusionistic theatre of the Renaissance. Drawing on a massive amount of documentary evidence relating to English productions as well asspectacle in France, Italy, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire, the book elucidates professional ballet, theatre management, and dramatic performance at the early Stuart court. Individual studies take a fresh look at works by Ben Jonson, Samuel Daniel, Thomas Carew, John Milton, William Davenant, andothers, showing how court poets collaborated with tailors, designers, technicians, choreographers, and aristocratic as well as professional performers to create a dazzling event. Based on extensive archival research on the households of Queen Anne and Queen Henrietta Maria, special chaptershighlight the artistic and financial control of Stuart queens over their masques and pastorals. Many plates and figures from German, Austrian, French, and English archives illustrate accessibly-written introductions to costume conventions, early dance styles, male and female performers, the dramaticsymbolism of colours, and stage design in performance. With splendid costumes and choreographies, masques once appealed to the five senses. A tribute to their colourful brilliance, this book seeks to recover a lost dimension of performance culture in early modern England.

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The Early Stuart Masque: Dance, Costume, and Music studies the complex impact of movements, costumes, words, scenes, music, and special effects in English illusionistic theatre of the Renaissance. Drawing on a massive amount of documentary evidence relating to English productions as well asspectacle in France, Italy, Germany, and the O...

Barbara Ravelhofer is a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Durham and a Research Associate of the Centre for History and Economics, King's College, Cambridge. She pursued her research at the Universities of Munich, Princeton, Bologna, and Cambridge, where she was a Junior Research Fellow in Renaissance Studies

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:January 22, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199559252

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Table of Contents

Part One: Dance1. Methodology2. English and Continental Sources3. Theatre Dances4. Discipline or Pleasure?Part Two: Costume5. Masque Costumes6. Colours and Lights: The Costume in Motion7. Costume Conventions for Male and Female MasquersPart Three: Case Studies8. Two Jonsonian Court Masques9. Historical Costume, Historical Dancing: iCoelum Britannicum/i10. Global Spectacle: An English Masque in Constantinople

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`Ravelhofer's book enormously extends our knowledge of these fields, bringing new sources to bear, and valuably reading English sources within an international perspective.'NTQ