Dramatic Extracts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts

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Throughout the seventeenth century, early modern play readers and playgoers copied dramatic extracts (selections from plays and masques) into their commonplace books, verse miscellanies, diaries, and songbooks. Dramatic Extracts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts: Watching, Reading, Changing Plays is the first to examine these often overlooked texts, which reveal what early modern audiences and readers took, literally and figuratively, from plays. As this under-examined archival evidence shows, play readers and playgoers viewed plays as malleable and modular texts to be altered, appropriated, and, most importantly, used. These records provide information that is not available in other forms about the popularity and importance of early modern plays, the reasons plays appealed to their audiences, and the ideas in plays that most interested audiences. Tracing the course of dramatic extracting from the earliest stages in the 1590s, through the prolific manuscript circulation at the universities, to the closure and reopening of the theatres, Estill gathers these microhistories to create a comprehensive overview of seventeenth-century dramatic extracts and the culture of extracting from plays. Dramatic Extracts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts: Watching, Reading, Changing Plays explores new archival evidence (from John Milton's signature to unpublished university plays) while also analyzing the popularity of perennial favorites such as Shakespeare's The Tempest. The study of dramatic extracts is the study of particulars: particular readers, particular manuscripts, particular plays or masques, particular historic moments. As D. F. McKenzie puts it, "different readers [bring] the text to life in different ways." By providing careful analyses of these rich source texts, this book shows how active play-viewing and play-reading (that is, extracting) ultimately led to changing the plays themselves, both through selecting and manipulating the extracts and positioning the plays in new contexts.


Acknowledgments Note on Transcription and Editorial Practice List of Abbreviations List of Images List of Tables Introduction Chapter 1: The Rise of Dramatic Extracting: Extracting from English Plays, 1590-1642 Chapter 2: Dramatic Extracts from Elizabethan and Stuart Masques and Entertainments Chapter 3: Theatrical Nostalgia: Dramatic Miscellanies and the Closure of the Theatres, 1642-1660 Chapter 4: Re-Presenting and Re-Reading the Renaissance: Restoration Extracts from Renaissance Plays, 1660-1700 Chapter 5: Archbishop Sancroft, Play-Reader and Collector of Dramatic Extracts Chapter 6: Proverbial Shakespeare: The Print and Manuscript Circulation of Extracts from Love's Labour's Lost Conclusion Bibliography Index of Manuscript Shelfmarks Index

EAN: 9781611495157
Untertitel: Watching, Reading, Changing Plays. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: University of Delaware Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2015
Seitenanzahl: 270 Seiten
Format: epub eBook
Kopierschutz: Adobe DRM
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