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Palgrave Macmillan

Staged Transgression in Shakespeare's England

ISBN 9781137349347
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Shakespeare Studies

Staged Transgression in Shakespeare's England is a groundbreaking collection of essays that draws together leading and emerging scholars to investigate performances of transgression on the early modern English stage. Building on recent scholarship in studies of performance, politics, gender, sex, and race, this collection seeks to assess, respond to, and look beyond the last concentrated critical discussion of transgression in the 1980s. This collection explores areas of study that have been previously neglected in scholarly discussion and seeks to challenge critical orthodoxies and assumptions about the power and effect of onstage performances of illicit, deviant and disorderly behaviour. Contributors examine a wide range of onstage activities - from drunkenness and spitting to murder and rebellion - and offer fresh insights into the cultural work of theatre in Shakespeare's England.

Rory Loughnane is Associate Editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA. He has previously worked at Trinity College Dublin, where he held an IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellowship, and Syracuse University, where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor. He is the editor of Late Shakespeare,1608-1613 with Andrew J. Power, Celtic Shakespeare with Willy Maley, and The Yearbook of English Studies for 2014 with Andrew J. Power and Peter Sillitoe.

Edel Semple is Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at University College Cork. She has previously been a Teaching Fellow in Renaissance Literature and a Government of Ireland IRCHSS postgraduate scholar at University College Dublin (UCD). She is currently preparing a series of articles based on her PhD research into representations of whoredom in Tudor and Stuart literature.

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Stages of Transgression; Rory Loughnane
1. "On the most Eminent seate thereof is Gouernement Illustrated": staging power in the Lord Mayor's Show; Tracey Hill
2. The Transgressive Stage Player; William Ingram
3. "Ha, Ha, Ha": Shakespeare and the edge of laughter; Adam Smyth
4. "Have we done aught amiss?": Transgression, Indirection and Audience Reception in Titus Andronicus; Darragh Greene
5. The King's Three Bodies: Resistance Theory and Richard III; Rob Carson
6. Marriage, Politics and Law in The Tragedy of Mariam and The Duchess of Malfi; Christina Luckyj
7. Incapacitated Will; Rebecca Lemon
8. Transgression Embodied: Medicine, Religion and Shakespeare's Dramatised Persons; Thomas Rist
9. The Taming of the Jew: Spit and the Civilizing Process in The Merchant of Venice; Brett D. Hirsch
10. 'Edgar I Nothing Am': Blackface in King Lear; Benjamin Minor and Ayanna Thompson
11. Marrying the Dead: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline and The Tempest; Lisa Hopkins
12. Speaking Out of Turn: Gender, Language and Transgression in Early Modern England; Danielle Clarke
13. Rethinking Transgression with Shakespeare's Bawds; Edel Semple
14. 'Nothing but pickled cucumbers': The Longing Wives of Middletonian City Comedy; Celia R. Caputi
15. Lady Macbeth and Othello, Transgression and Convention in Early Modern Tragedy; Andrew J. Power
16. "How to vse your Brothers Brotherly": Civility, Incivility and Civil War in 3 Henry VI; Christopher Ivic
Afterword; Jean E. Howard

Danielle Clarke, University College Dublin, UK
Celia R. Caputi, The Florida State University, USA
Darragh Greene, University College Dublin, UK
Tracey Hill, Bath Spa University, UK
Brett D. Hirsch, University of Western Australia, Australia
Lisa Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Jean E. Howard, Columbia University, USA
William Ingram, The University of Michigan, USA
Christopher Ivic, Bath Spa University, UK
Rebecca Lemon, University of Southern California, USA
Rory Loughnane, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
Christina Luckyj, Dalhousie University, Canada
Benjamin Minor, teacher in Arizona, USA
Andrew J. Power, Trinity College Dublin, UK
Thomas Rist, University of Aberdeen, UK
Edel Semple, University College Cork, UK
Adam Smyth, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Ayanna Thompson, Arizona State University, USA


"Wisely, the editors have not grouped the essays according to categories that one might expect in a book on transgression (race, gender, politics, etc), thereby leaving the reader free to make their own connections in a series of essays well worth reading in their entirety... Scrutinizing different transgressive behaviour produces some fresh insights into familiar plays throughout... overall a very rich, intelligent and rewarding book." —Sarah Dustagheer, The Review of English Studies
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