The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0260 Monday, 27 May 2013
Date: May 24, 2013 4:43:42 PM EDT
Subject: Playhouse Mss and Tiffany Stern’s DOCUMENTS OF PERFORMANCE
For those continuing interest in those early playhouses and the performances that happened in them, I heartily recommend Tiffany Stern’s DOCUMENTS OF PERFORMANCE IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND (Cambridge, 2009). I’m only just getting into it, like page 22, but like so much of Stern’s work it’s already eye-popping, myth-deflating, witty, and illustrated profusely with vivid examples never before published or noticed only to have been forgotten. She puts just about all previous scholarship to shame, as if she were a self-created Google engine that sweeps through archives unopened for centuries, laying out tasty bits for our enjoyment. An academic Ariel for our delight.
I’d love to hear responses to this book from others on SHAKSPER. Alan Dessen? Gerald Downs? Gabriel Egan?