The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0919. Friday, 12 September 1997.
Date: Thursday, 11 Sep 1997 09:16:32 -0400
Subject: Play Locations
Not directly a Shakespeare question, but . . .
Have been trying to find work recently on the significance of "place" in
early modern drama. I know, for example, that Italy was considered the
home of all things nefarious and naughty, but was wondering if we could
be more specific. Would there be any reasons why a play would be set
in, say, Florence rather than Venice, Naples rather than Bologna? Most
particularly, I am wondering about Massinger's _The Unnatural Combat_,
set in Marseilles. Would this have meant anything particular to an
early mod English audience, or would it have simply signified generic
French-ness? And what did that mean? And how was French-ness
constructed differently than Italian-ness, or Spanish-ness?
I have had little luck so far, so would be very grateful for any help.
Please respond directly to me, or, if this thread should live, well . .
Gareth M. Euridge