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Author Atkin, Tamara, 1981- author

Title Reading Drama in Tudor England
Published Milton : Routledge, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (271 pages)
Series Material Readings in Early Modern Culture
Material readings in early modern culture
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; List of figures; List of tables; Abbreviations; Two notes to the reader; Early printed playbooks, c. 1512-1576; Acknowledgements; Introduction: towards a history of reading drama; 1 Reading early printed dramatic title pages; 2 Front matter in early printed playbooks; 3 The publication of early printed plays; 4 Reading early printed drama; Conclusion: plays in books; Bibliography; Index
Summary Reading Drama in Tudor England is about the print invention of drama as a category of text designed for readerly consumption. Arguing that plays were made legible by the printed paratexts that accompanied them, it shows that by the middle of the sixteenth century it was possible to market a play for leisure-time reading. Offering a detailed analysis of such features as title-pages, character lists, and other paratextual front matter, it suggests that even before the establishment of successful permanent playhouses, playbooks adopted recognisable conventions that not only announced their categorical status and genre but also suggested appropriate forms of use. As well as a survey of implied reading practices, this study is also about the historical owners and readers of plays. Examining the marks of use that survive in copies of early printed plays, it explores the habits of compilation and annotation that reflect the striking and often unpredictable uses to which early owners subjected their playbooks
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Subject Drama -- 15th and 16th centuries -- History and criticism
Reading interests -- England
England -- Social life and customs
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315600811 (electronic bk.)
9781315600819 (electronic bk.)