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Stage Directions and Shakespearean Theatre


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Acknowledgements; Note on the Text; List of Contributors; Introduction; Part One: Taxonomy 1. Inventing Stage Directions;Demoting Dumb Shows by Tiffany Stern, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. 2. The Boundaries of Stage Directions by Laurie Maguire, Oxford University, UK. 3. Peter falls into the hole': Nonce Stage Directions and the Idea of the Dictionary by Paul Menzer, Mary Baldwin University, USA; and Jess Hamlet, University of Alabama, USA. Part Two: Text 4. Reading Shakespeare's Stage Directions by Emma Smith, Hertford College, Oxford, UK. 5. Shakespeare's Literary Stage Directions by Douglas Bruster, University of Texas, USA. Part Three: Editing 6. When is a Missing Stage Direction Missing? Suzanne Gossett; 7. Editing and Directing: Mise en scene, mise en page by Terri Bourus, Florida State University, USA. Part Four: Space 8. 'By indirections find directions out': Unpicking Early Modern Stage Directions by Martin White, University of Bristol, UK. 9. 'Strikes open a curtain where appears a body': Discovering Death in Stage Directions by Sarah Dustagheer, University of Kent, UK; with Philip Bird, actor, director and playwright, UK. Part Five: Plays 10. Enter Macduffe, with Macbeths head': Shakespeare's Macbeth and the Staging of Trauma by Andrew Hiscock, Bangor University, UK. 11. '(From the Dutchesse Grave)': Echoic Liminalities in The Duchess of Malfi by Sarah Lewis, King's College London, UK. 12. Understanding Dumb Shows and Interpreting The White Devil by Gillian Woods, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Notes; Critical Bibliography; Index;

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A ground-breaking collection of essays that explores the theatrical, imaginative and literary function of Renaissance stage directions, and the way they illuminate the meaning of the plays they help to create.

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Sarah Dustagheer is Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at the University of Kent, UK. Gillian Woods is Lecturer in Renaissance Literature and Theatre at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.


A collection that puts under new scrutiny the textual expression of the early modern theater's original practices. Essays do an admirable job of estranging an overfamiliar form... * Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 *
The essays in this collection provide a foundation for the 'rethinking' of stage directions promised by the editors' introduction ... The variety of viewpoints and methodologies offered here ultimately attests to the evolving nature of the conversation around the function of stage directions in early modern plays. * Notes and Queries *

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