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Contagion and the Shakespearean Stage

Editors: Chalk, Darryl, Floyd-Wilson, Mary (Eds.)

  • First book to consider how the discourse and concept of contagion in the period can provide a lens for understanding early modern theatrical performance, dramatic plots, and theatre-going 
    In addition to engaging with the history of disease transmission, this collection considers how the language of contagion shapes dramatic narratives, contemporary understandings of theater-going, the history of emotion, and the perception of natural and preternatural phenomena
    Provides new readings of plays by Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, Webster, and Rowley  

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eBook $59.99
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  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: August 10, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-14428-9
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  • Due: July 13, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-14427-2
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About this book


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.


About the authors

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.

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: August 10, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-14428-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: July 13, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-14427-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contagion and the Shakespearean Stage
Editors
  • Darryl Chalk
  • Mary Floyd-Wilson
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-14428-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-14428-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-14427-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 292
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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