Book Series Cursor Mundi, vol. 13

'This Earthly Stage'

World and Stage in Late Medieval and Early Modern England

Brett Hirsch, Christopher Wortham (eds)

  • Pages: 297 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:20 b/w, 3 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2011

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-53226-4
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A collection of scholarly essays exploring relationships between 'stage' and 'world' in the drama and ritual performance of late medieval and early modern England.


""This Earthly Stage" is a collection well worth exploring for its diversity as well as for its two valuable contributions on Marlowe."

(R. Lunney, in Marlowe Society of America Newsletter, vol. 31, 2012, n°2, p. 11)


The thirteen essays collected in ‘This Earthly Stage’ explore intersections between the world as stage and the stage as world in late medieval and early modern England. The volume features studies of stages both familiar and unfamiliar, and worlds old and new - from the ritual performance of funerals for the fifteenth-century London elite to the electronic recreation of Shakespeare on the Internet. The essays engage with a variety of scholarly fields, including art and iconography, cultural and social history, digital humanities, literature, myth, philology, and philosophy. Most studies examine performative elements of Shakespeare’s works in relation to a representative selection of other plays from the dramatic genres in which he wrote, while they also analyse broader topics which traverse a number of plays, such as kingship and rites of civic performance in relation to stage drama. All of the essays consider the overarching issue of representation in late medieval and early modern English drama and culture through a range of theoretical approaches. This volume offers a valuable contribution to contemporary medieval and early modern scholarship, with a particular interest for those researching and teaching early modern English drama and culture.



‘Bi-fold Authority’: The Electronic Re-creation of Shakespeare - MICHAEL BEST

Pruning the Tree of Virtue in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus - VICTORIA BLADEN

Twentieth-Century Australian Dreams - ALAN BRISSENDEN

Contagious Emulation: Antitheatricality and Theatre as Plague in Troilus and Cressida - DARRYL CHALK

The Elemental Gertrude: Howard Barker’s Refashioning of Hamlet’s Mother - STEVE CHINNA

‘I take pleasure in singing, sir’: Towards an Interpretation of Shakespearean Song - HEATHER DUBROW

From Jew to Puritan: The Emblematic Owl in Early English Culture - BRETT D. HIRSCH

‘Romancing the Handbook’: Scenes of Detection in Arden of Faversham - HEATHER KERR

Edward II and the Rhetoricians of Myth - CLAYTON G. MACKENZIE

Making Men out of Kings: Shakespeare’s Sources and Kingship - MARY-ROSE MCLAREN

Informing Audiences: Marlowe’s Early Tragedies - LUCY POTTER

Private Drama, Public Spectacle: Death and the Pre-Reformation London Elite - JOHN TILLOTSON

Irony and Transcendence on the Renaissance Stage - LAURENCE WRIGHT