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The Cultural Geography of Early Modern Drama, 1620–1650

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  • Date Published: November 2014
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107463349

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  • Literary geographies is an exciting new area of interdisciplinary research. Innovative and engaging, this book applies theories of landscape, space and place from the discipline of cultural geography within an early modern historical context. Different kinds of drama and performance are analyzed: from commercial drama by key playwrights to household masques and entertainment performed by families and in semi-official contexts. Sanders provides a fresh look at works from the careers of Ben Jonson, John Milton and Richard Brome, paying attention to geographical spaces and habitats like forests, coastlines and arctic landscapes of ice and snow, as well as the more familiar locales of early modern country estates and city streets and spaces. Overall, the book encourages readers to think about geography as kinetic, embodied and physical, not least in its literary configurations, presenting a key contribution to early modern scholarship.

    • Covers a broad and exciting range of dramatic texts and pamphlets from the period 1620 to 1650 - canonical and non-canonical, professional and non-professional - and so will have a broad appeal to those working on early modern drama
    • Explores links between literary criticism and cultural geography in fresh and innovative ways, appealing to emergent interests in these complementary disciplines
    • Contains new archival research which will make the study an important contribution to early modern scholarship
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    Awards

    • Winner of the 2012 Rose Mary Crawshay Prize for English Literature

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    "In addition to her acknowledgement of critics and theorists who have come before, Sanders generously opens up new avenues-paths-waterways for future inquiry. One can imagine a raft of scholarship that will draw on her insights and apply them elsewhere."
    -Gavin Hollis,The City University of New York, Hunter College

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107463349
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: entering the bear pit: cultural geography and early modern drama
    1. Liquid landscapes: water, culture, and society in the Caroline period
    2. Into the woods: spatial and social geographies in the forest
    3. 'Hospitable fabrics': thinking through the early modern household
    4. Moving through the landscape: mobility and sites of social circulation
    5. Neighbourhoods and networks
    6. Writing the city: emergent spaces.

  • Author

    Julie Sanders, University of Nottingham
    Julie Sanders is Professor of English Literature and Drama at the University of Nottingham. She is the author of Ben Jonson's Theatrical Republics (1998), the editor of Ben Jonson in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and has recently edited The New Inn for The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson. She has appeared several times on the BBC Radio 4 programme 'In our Time' talking about early modern literature and drama, and has advised on theatre and radio programmes as well as giving talks for playhouses and theatre companies in the UK and USA.

    Awards

    • Winner of the 2012 Rose Mary Crawshay Prize for English Literature

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