UPDATE: [Theatre] Edited Collection on Early Modern Audiences

full name / name of organization: 
Annalisa Castaldo


“Play’d to Great Applause”: Early Modern Audience and Audiences of Early
Modern Drama

Editors seek articles of 5000-7000 words, including notes, for a proposed
book-length collection entitled “Play’d to Great Applause”: Early Modern
Audience and Audiences of Early Modern Drama

We seek essays discussing the behaviors, beliefs, attitudes or composition
of either contemporary or current audiences of early modern drama. Part One
will look at audiences from 1580-1640, while Part Two will focus on
late-twentieth and twenty-first century productions of early modern drama.
This collection will focus on live performance, not film and television

Articles may address such issues as:
• the audience and civic pageants
• the audience and dumb shows
• the audience and censorship
• the audience and other “entertainments” (hangings, bear-baitings, and
• antitheatrical tracts’ definition of audience
• actors as audience, audience as actors
• cult of personality
• power of the spectator
• non-Shakespearean plays and the modern viewer
• Shakespeare festivals
• modern staging in reconstructed theatres (London Globe)
• directing the early modern play for the 21st century audience

We welcome submissions from scholars, actors, directors, and others.
Send detailed proposals and brief CVs by January 31, 2009 to both editors,
preferably electronically. Completed essays will be expected by May 31, 2009.
Annalisa Castaldo, Humanities Division, 1 University Place, Widener
University, Chester, PA 19050 acastaldo_at_mail.widener.edu
Rhonda Knight, Department of Communications, Language, and Literature, 300
E. College Ave., Coker College, Hartsville, SC 29550 rknight_at_coker.edu

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