Clowning and Authorship in Early Modern Theatre (BOK)

Richard Preiss

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To early modern audiences, the 'clown' was much more than a minor play character. A celebrity performer, he was a one-man sideshow whose interactive entertainments - face-pulling, farce interludes, jigs, rhyming contests with the crowd - were the main event. Clowning epitomized a theatre that was heterogeneous, improvised, participatory, and irreducible to dramatic texts. How, then, did those texts emerge? Why did playgoers buy books that deleted not only the clown, but them as well? Challenging the narrative that clowns were 'banished' by playwrights like Shakespeare and Jonson, Richard Preiss argues that clowns such as Richard Tarlton, Will Kemp, and Robert Armin actually made playwrights possible - bridging, through the publication of their routines, the experience of 'live' and scripted performance. Clowning and Authorship tells the story of how, as the clown's presence decayed into print, he bequeathed the new categories around which theatre would organize: the author, and the actor.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Richard Preiss
ISBN 9781107036574
Antall sider 295 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 2,9cm
Vekt 625 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd