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Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century

Lauren Shohet


The first study to consider masques from the point of view of reception as well as production, Reading Masques illuminates intersections of elite and public culture in seventeenth‐century England. Court masques, the slight but spectacular dramas that framed hours of festive dancing at the Stuart court, were major social occasions for their aristocratic audiences, and they have been central to historical and literary considerations of the era. However, masques also were undertaken in a wider range of venues, guises, and decades. They were read as material texts, disseminated through oral report ... More

Keywords: masque, public culture, reception, material texts, Stuart, Ben Jonson, James Shirley, William Davenant, John Milton, Inigo Jones, opera, adaptation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199295890
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295890.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lauren Shohet, author
Associate Professor of English, Villanova University
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