- Early Modern Theatricality
- List of Illustrations
- list of Abbreviations
- Notes On Contributors
- Dumb show
- Index of Plays
- General Index
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter examines the scene as a segment of dramatic action marked at the beginning and end by an empty stage, scene as big effect, and scene as fictional setting. It begins with a discussion of the scene to which Robert Greene alludes in Greenes, groats-vvorth of witte (1592). It then considers the folio text of Henry VI, Part Three to show how acts and scenes were marked in plays printed between 1590 and 1630. It also discusses two ways that scenes can be registered verbally in scripts: marking and remarking. Finally, it explores the connection between physical means and theatrical ends in early modern usage in the context of scene, along with senses of ‘scene’ that may be increasingly remote from theatres as physical structures but that nonetheless maintain an important relationship with theatrical performance as a way of framing and understanding human experience.
Bruce R. Smith, Dean’s Professor of English at the University of Southern California, is the author of six books, most recently Phenomenal Shakespeare (Wiley Blackwell, 2010) and The Key of Green: Passion and Perception in Renaissance Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2009). He is a former president of the Shakespeare Association of America. He currently serves as general editor of the Cambridge World Shakespeare project.
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