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

Paperback | June 25, 2003

byJulie 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); anexamination 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 moderntheatre, 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 theatricalephemera 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.

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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); anexamination of the creation of the modern notio...

Julie Stone Peters is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University NY. Her publications include Congreve, the Drama, and the Printed Word (Standford UP 1990) and, with Andrea Wolper, Women's Rights, Human Rights: International Feminist Perspectives (Routledge 1995).
Format:PaperbackDimensions:508 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.07 inPublished:June 25, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199262160

ISBN - 13:9780199262168

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Printing the drama1. Experimenting on the page, 1480-16302. Drama as institution, 1630-17603. Illustrations, promptbooks, stage texts, 1760-1880II. Theatre imprimatur4. Reinventing 'theatre' via the printing press5. Critical law, theatrical licence6. Accurate texts, authoritative editionsIII. The senses of media7. The sense of the senses: sounds, gesture and the body on stage8. Narrative form and theatrical illusions9. Framing space: time, perspective, and motion in the imageIV. The commerce of letters10. Dramatists, poets, and other scribblers11. Who owns the play? Pirate, plagiarist, imitator, thief12. Making it publicV. Theatrical impressions13. Scenic pictures14. Actor/author15. A theatre too much with usEpilogueNotesWorks CitedIndex

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`remarkable and wide-ranging'Peter Holland, TLS