Idolatry, iconoclasm and agency: visual experience in works by Lyly and Shakespeare

Porter, Chloe (2009) Idolatry, iconoclasm and agency: visual experience in works by Lyly and Shakespeare. Literature & History, 18 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 0306-1973

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Abstract

Studies of early modern English drama which refer to the Reformation often assume that religious changes had a destructive impact on English visual culture. Recent research in art history has, however, suggested that the Reformation should be understood as a part of the development of English visual culture. Applying this latter understanding of the Reformation to an analysis of John Lyly's Campaspe and Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, it is possible to argue that these plays draw on notions of viewer agency fostered by idolatrous and iconoclastic visual experiences. The discussion of plays as a part of the 're-formation' of English visual culture expands current understanding of early modern playhouse audience experiences.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Shakespeare, idolatry, iconoclasm, visual culture, John Lyly
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PE English > PE0814 Early Modern English
P Language and Literature > PF West Germanic
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR2199 English renaissance (1500-1640) > PR2894 The drama. Individual authors. Shakespeare, William. General treatises, essays, etc. Comprehensive. English. General works
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Depositing User: Chloe Porter
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2012 14:59
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2013 15:29
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/42697
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