The Resource Theatre and testimony in Shakespeare's England : a culture of mediation, Holger Schott Syme

Theatre and testimony in Shakespeare's England : a culture of mediation, Holger Schott Syme

Label
Theatre and testimony in Shakespeare's England : a culture of mediation
Title
Theatre and testimony in Shakespeare's England
Title remainder
a culture of mediation
Statement of responsibility
Holger Schott Syme
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Holger Syme presents a radically new explanation for the theatre's importance in Shakespeare's time. He portrays early modern England as a culture of mediation, dominated by transactions in which one person stood in for another, giving voice to absent speakers or bringing past events to life. No art form related more immediately to this culture than the theatre. Arguing against the influential view that the period underwent a crisis of representation, Syme draws upon extensive archival research in the fields of law, demonology, historiography and science to trace a pervasive conviction that testimony and report, delivered by properly authorised figures, provided access to truth. Through detailed close readings of plays by Ben Jonson and William Shakespeare - in particular Volpone, Richard II and The Winter's Tale - and analyses of criminal trial procedures, the book constructs a revisionist account of the nature of representation on the early modern stage"--
  • "The Authenticity of Mediation: A man dressed in a simple black gown or an elaborate robe of office stands before a crowd of listeners. He speaks, and as his audience attend to his words they understand that the words are not his at all, but belong to another, absent voice. Continuing to listen, they begin to hear, through the conduit of the man's body, that other voice as though its owner were speaking. And as the absent voice materializes, it conjures a world of absent events and people, meetings of kings or street brawls among drunkards, mundane business transactions or chilling encounters with the supernatural"--
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Syme, Holger Schott
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN2589
LC item number
.S96 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Jonson, Ben
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Jonson, Ben
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Jonson, Ben
  • Theater and society
  • Theater and society
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Drama
  • Englisch
  • Mediation
  • Theater
  • Theater
  • Gesellschaft
  • Theatre and society
  • Theatre and society
  • England
  • Großbritannien
Label
Theatre and testimony in Shakespeare's England : a culture of mediation, Holger Schott Syme
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the authenticity of mediation -- 1. Trial representations: live and scripted testimony in criminal prosecutions -- 2. Judicial digest: Edward Coke reads the Essex papers -- 3. Performance anxiety: bringing scripts to life in court and on stage -- 4. Royal depositions: Richard II, early modern historiography, and the authority of deferral -- 5. The reporter's presence: narrative as theatre in The Winter's Tale -- Epilogue: the theatre of the twice-told tale -- Select bibliography
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 283 pages
Isbn
9781107011854
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011019261
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40020553102
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)726150274
  • (OCoLC)ocn726150274
Label
Theatre and testimony in Shakespeare's England : a culture of mediation, Holger Schott Syme
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the authenticity of mediation -- 1. Trial representations: live and scripted testimony in criminal prosecutions -- 2. Judicial digest: Edward Coke reads the Essex papers -- 3. Performance anxiety: bringing scripts to life in court and on stage -- 4. Royal depositions: Richard II, early modern historiography, and the authority of deferral -- 5. The reporter's presence: narrative as theatre in The Winter's Tale -- Epilogue: the theatre of the twice-told tale -- Select bibliography
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 283 pages
Isbn
9781107011854
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011019261
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40020553102
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)726150274
  • (OCoLC)ocn726150274

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