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Early Modern Literature in History

Games and Gaming in Early Modern Drama

Stakes and Hazards

Authors: Baird, Caroline

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  • The first study to consider as a group the early modern plays featuring staged scenes of gaming and the role of games in their plots
  • Descriptive-analytical attention is brought to bear on fifteen early modern plays by more than ten dramatists, from canonical works by Shakespeare and Middleton to rarely discussed plays such as The Spanish Curate, The Two Angry Women of Abingdon and Greene’s Tu Quoque or The Cittie Gallant
  • Analysis of metaphors and images and understanding the role of games in plots, sheds new light on both the plays and the creative process
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This book is a close taxonomic study of the pivotal role of games in early modern drama. The presence of the game motif has often been noticed, but this study, the most comprehensive of its kind, shows how games operate in more complex ways than simple metaphor and can be syntheses of emblem and dramatic device. Drawing on seventeenth-century treatises, including Francis Willughby’s Book of Games, which only became available in print in 2003, and divided into chapters on Dice, Cards, Tables (Backgammon), and Chess, the book brings back into focus the symbolism and divinatory origins of games. The work of more than ten dramatists is analysed, from the Shakespeare and Middleton canon to rarer plays such as The Spanish Curate, The Two Angry Women of Abington and The Cittie Gallant. Games and theatre share common ground in terms of performance, deceit, plotting, risk and chance, and the early modern playhouse provided apt conditions for vicarious play. From the romantic chase to the financial gamble, and in legal contest and war, the twenty-first century is still engaging the game.  With its extensive appendices, the book will appeal to readers interested in period games and those teaching or studying early modern drama, including theatre producers, and awareness of the vocabulary of period games will allow further references to be understood in non-dramatic texts.


About the authors

Caroline Baird is an independent researcher with research interests centred on early modern drama. Her doctoral research was jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the University of Reading, UK. Previous publications include essays on Thomas Middleton’s appropriation of the court masque in plays in Early Theatre, and discussion of the gaming references in Antony and Cleopatra. In addition to her academic work, Caroline has her own business managing the careers of international classical musicians.


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Games and Gaming in Early Modern Drama
Book Subtitle
Stakes and Hazards
Authors
Series Title
Early Modern Literature in History
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-50857-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-50857-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-50856-2
Series ISSN
2634-5919
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 290
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations
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