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Typographies of Performance in Early Modern England

Claire M. L. Bourne


Typographies of Performance is the first book-length study of early modern English playbook typography. It tells a new history of drama from the period by considering the page designs of plays by Shakespeare and others printed between the end of the fourteenth century and the beginning of the eighteenth century. It argues that typography, broadly conceived, was used creatively by printers, publishers, playwrights, and other agents of the book trade to make the effects of theatricality—from the most basic (textually articulating a change in speaker) to the more complex (registering the kinesis ... More

Keywords: early modern drama, Renaissance drama, Restoration drama, Tudor drama, book history, typography, book design, theatre history, playbooks, theatre studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198848790
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198848790.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire M. L. Bourne, author
Assistant Professor of English, Pennsylvania State University