The cultural geography of early modern drama, 1620-1650 / Julie Sanders.

By: Sanders, JuliePublisher: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011Description: xii, 242 p. : ill., mapsISBN: 9781107003347 (hardback)Subject(s): English drama-17th century-History and criticism | Landscapes in literature | Space in literature | Setting (Literature) | Masques, English-History and criticism | Theater-England-History-17th century | Cultural landscapes-England-HistoryDDC classification: 822.009 Online resources: Click here to access online
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.
Summary: "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 analysed: 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"--
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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.

"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 analysed: 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"--

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