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Book Announcement: "English Renaissance Scenes"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0526  Friday, 5 September 2008

From:       Bieri Christian <
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Date:       Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 15:35:52 +0200
Subject:    Peter Lang New Publication: "English Renaissance Scenes"

PETER LANG - International Academic Publishers are pleased to announce a new 
book by Paola Pugliatti / Alessandro Serpieri (eds)

English Renaissance Scenes: From Canon to Margins

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2008. 362 
pp., 3 ill. ISBN 978-3-03911-079-7 pb.

This book throws new light on the complexity and variety of practices which may 
be defined as 'theatrical' in a broad sense in sixteenth- and 
seventeenth-century English drama. The volume deals first with the mainstream of 
dramatic production, starting from the anti-theatrical debate which 
characterized the whole period and increased in intensity as it went on. Here 
Shakespeare and Ben Jonson come on stage with their rejoinders to this issue. At 
the same time, while the universities were offering a kind of theatre workshop 
importing Latin and Italian models, popular performances were being staged in 
non-theatrical spaces. Tournaments, and their aristocratic codes, are explored 
as well as more popular and 'marginal' spectacles - such as those of 
conny-catching improvisers, jugglers, gypsy dancers and fortune-tellers, clowns 
and prophetesses.

Contents:
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Paola Pugliatti: Introduction - Alessandro Serpieri: Abuse and Use of the 
Theatre: Shakespeare and the Puritans - Susan Payne: Staging Marginality: Ben 
Jonson's "Bartholomew Fair" - Claudia Corti: Civic Disorder and Theatrical 
Order: Representations of Popular Rebellions in London at the End of the 
Sixteenth Century - Mario Domenichelli: Tournaments as Triumphal Shows in 
Shakespeare's Time - Fernando Cioni: Stages at the University of Cambridge in 
Tudor England - Paola Pugliatti: Greene's Vision: The Conny-Catching Pamphlets 
and the "Commedia dell'Arte" - Keir Elam: 'Enter Clowne': The Travels of the 
English Comic Performer, from Offstage to Centre Stage to Text - Donatella 
Pallotti: Shows of Holiness: Women's Prophetic Performance and its Perception in 
Early Modern England - Paola Pugliatti: A Lost Lore: The Activity of Gypsies as 
Performers on the Stage of Elizabethan-Jacobean Street Theatre - Nicoletta 
Caputo: Entertainers 'on the Vagabond Fringe': Jugglers in Tudor and Stuart England.

The Editors:

Paola Pugliatti is full professor of English at the University of Florence. Her 
interests are in the theory of literary genres, the mechanics of literary 
communication, the poetics of modernism, and the genetics of literary texts. Her 
latest book ("Beggary and Theatre in Early Modern England", 2003) shows her 
interest in marginal forms of performance.

Alessandro Serpieri is Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the 
University of Florence. His main fields of interest are theory of drama, 
translation studies, Romantic and modern poetry. He has translated and edited 
many Shakespearean plays, which have been staged in the major Italian theatres, 
and has provided a rich commentary to Shakespeare's "Sonnets" (1991).

Direct order: http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?vLang=E&vID=11079

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