Laughing and Weeping in Early Modern Theatres

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2007 - Literary Criticism - 158 pages
A study of laughter and weeping in English theatres, broadly defined, from around 1550 until their closure in 1642. The book is concerned both with the representation of these actions on the stage, and with what can be reconstructed about the laughter and weeping of theatrical audiences themselves.

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Contents

Renaissance constructions of laughter and weeping
11
Laughing on stage
25
Weeping on stage
39
Audiences laughing
57
Audiences weeping
81
Lyly and Jonson
99
Horrid laughter
113
Bibliography
139
Index
153
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Matthew Steggle is Reader in English at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

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