Abstract and Keywords
This book explores emerging trends in the study of early modern theatre. It consists of essays that reflect on what a ‘New Theatricality’ would look like by providing what engineers call an ‘exploded view’ of early modern theatricality. Taken together, the essays highlight a cluster of mimetic and symbolic techniques: the objects, bodies, conventions, signs, and collective habits of apprehending performance that ‘theatricality’ conveniently designates. Each essay serves as an exercise in the so-called art of creative generalization: a set of historical, formal, and philosophical questions are bundled into a single topic, chosen by the contributors themselves that could stand for the idea of theatricality as a whole. This chapter provides an overview of the essays and the topics they tackle, ranging from stage to interiority and off-stage, theatrical mobility, the concept of time, and the distinction between theatre and drama.
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