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Performances of mourning in shakespearean theatre and early modern culture [Elektronisk resurs] / Tobias Doring.

Doring, Tobias. (författare)
ISBN 9780230627406
Publicerad: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006
Engelska 232 p.
Serie: Early modern literature in history
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  • List of Illustrations Acknowledgements A Note on Citation Introduction PART 1: POLITICS OF MOURNING Heavens Hung with Black: Elizabethan Rituals of Mourning Remembrance of Things Past Memory Battles and Stage Laments Facing the Dead: Theatricality and Historiography PART 2: PATHOLOGIES OF MOURNING Well-made Partings and the Problem of Revenge Translating Tradition: The Spanish Tragedy and Titus Andronicus Foreign Funerals and Colonial Mimesis: Historical Exchanges Hamlet and the Virtue of Assumed Custom PART 3: PHYSIOLOGIES OF MOURNING Secrets and Secretions Tears and the Uncertain Signs of Inwardness Rhetoric and the Techniques of Emotional Engineering Women, Widows and Mimetic Weeping PART 4: PARODIES OF MOURNING Mock Laments: The Play and Peal of Death Round about her Tomb they go: Much Ado About Nothing Ralph Roister Doister and the Anxiety of Borrowed Rites Noting and Ghosting: What Stage Paradoies Do Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index.
  • This study takes a look at a controversial question: what do the acts and shows of grief performed in early modern drama tell us about the religious culture of the world in which they were historically staged? Drawing on performance studies, it provides detailed readings of play texts to explore the politics, pathologies and parodies of mourning. -- Grief and sadness may be personal feelings, but the mourner is a public figure who must generally manifest his or her emotions by means of public motions and acknowledged gestures. How are these performed and validated? What is the role of custom or conventions? And when, according to the Renaissance view of passions, does a mourner's visible behaviour such as crying truly express inward states of mind? This book pursues such questions in the culture of the early modern theatre. It looks at Shakespearean history plays, Elizabethan revenge tragedies, Tudor and early Stuart comedies in order to explore how their acts and shows of mourning relate to the religious issues in post-Reformation England when they were historically produced. It argues that the playhouse only ever staged - never stated - points of doctrine or belief, and yet offered a cultural space where memories of Catholic rites could be restored, reiterated or reformed in performance. 
  • '...a timely and welcome contribution to this field...a densely argued, rewarding study, offering readers a wealth of material regarding rituals of mourning and commemoration in the studied texts and early modern England more generally...' - Wolfram R. Keller, Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik 'In eloquent prose, and with clarity and precision of argument, Doring shows how the Shakespearean theatre, in its repetitious, commemorative, and comic performances of mourning, accomplished the necessary cultural work of habituation.' - Katharine Goodland, Sonderdruck aus Archiv fur das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen. 


Shakespeare plays.  (bicssc)
British & Irish history.  (bicssc)
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900.  (bicssc)
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800.  (bicssc)
Literature.  (eflch)


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