Contagion and the Shakespearean Stage (2019)

Darryl Chalk (Editor) Mary Floyd-Wilson (Editor)
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This collection of essays considers what constituted contagion in the minds of early moderns in the absence of modern germ theory. In a wide range of essays focused on early modern drama and the culture of theater, contributors explore how ideas of contagion not only inform representations of the senses (such as smell and touch) and emotions (such as disgust, pity, and shame) but also shape how people understood belief, narrative, and political agency. Epidemic thinking was not limited to medical inquiry or the narrow study of a particular disease. Shakespeare, Thomas Middleton, Ben Jonson, Thomas Dekker and other early modern writers understood that someone might be infected or transformed by the presence of others, through various kinds of exchange, or if exposed to certain ideas, practices, or environmental conditions. The discourse and concept of contagion provides a lens for understanding early modern theatrical performance, dramatic plots, and theater-going itself.


Product Details

Price
$109.99
Publisher
Palgrave MacMillan
Publish Date
June 28, 2019
Pages
292
Dimensions
5.83 X 0.75 X 8.27 inches | 1.14 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9783030144272

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About the Author

Darryl Chalk is a Senior Lecturer in Theater at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
Mary Floyd-Wilson is the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of English and Comparative Literature at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.