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Thinking Through Place on the Early Modern English Stage$
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Andrew Bozio

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198846567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198846567.001.0001

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Thinking Through Place on the Early Modern English Stage

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Thinking Through Place on the Early Modern English Stage

Andrew Bozio

Oxford University Press

Through a brief reading of Doctor Faustus, the introduction first suggests how characters think through their surroundings on the early modern English stage and how, in turn, playgoers relied upon the same process to orient themselves within the dramatic fiction. Drawing upon the concepts of situated cognition and cognitive ecology, the introduction defines this process of thinking through place as “ecological thinking.” After establishing that characters typically engage in ecological thinking to orient themselves within place, the introduction concludes by suggesting how this emphasis upon embodied and extended thought reframes our understanding of the relationship between space and place on the early modern stage.

Keywords:   English Renaissance drama, cognitive ecology, affordances, theatrical performance, history of space and place

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