Making and unmaking in early modern English drama: spectators, aesthetics and incompletion

Porter, Chloe (2013) Making and unmaking in early modern English drama: spectators, aesthetics and incompletion. Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9780719084973

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Abstract

Why are early modern English dramatists preoccupied with unfinished processes of 'making' and 'unmaking'? And what did the terms 'finished' or 'incomplete' mean for dramatists and their audiences in this period? Making and unmaking in early modern English drama is about the significance of visual things that are 'under construction' in works by playwrights including Shakespeare, Robert Greene and John Lyly. Illustrated with examples from across visual and material culture, it opens up new interpretations of the place of aesthetic form in the early modern imagination. Plays are explored as a part of a lively post-Reformation visual culture, alongside a diverse range of contexts and themes, including iconoclasm, painting, sculpture, clothing and jewellery, automata and invisibility. Asking what it meant for Shakespeare and his contemporaries to 'begin' or 'end' a literary or visual work, this book is essential reading for scholars and students of early modern English drama, literature, visual culture and history.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Shakespeare, early modern drama, visual culture, painting, sculpture, iconoclasm, aesthetics
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
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
Depositing User: Chloe Porter
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2013 13:35
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2015 13:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/42713
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