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Unto the Breach – Martial Formations, Historical Trauma, and the Early Modern Stage - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Unto the Breach: Martial Formations, Historical Trauma, and the Early Modern Stage

Patricia A. Cahill


This book argues that the Elizabethan theatrical repertory was enthralled with the era's martial discourses and beset by its blinding visions. Offering a richly historicized account of the theater's engagement with “modern” warfare, the book juxtaposes the new military technologies and new modes of martial abstraction with the performance of war‐suffused dramas by Shakespeare, Marlowe, and their contemporaries. Equally important, it shows that even as early modern playwrights engaged cutting edge military practices, they routinely trafficked in phenomena resistant to the new rationalities, con ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Marlowe, war, trauma, performance, theater, Elizabethan, technologies, audiences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199212057
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212057.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia A. Cahill, author
Assistant Professor, Emory University
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