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Title Early modern spectatorship : interpreting English culture, 1500-1780 / edited by Ronald Huebert and David McNeil
Published Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019
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Contents Early Modern Spectatorship: An Overview / Ronald Huebert and David McNeil -- Making Spectacles: Spectatorship and Authority on the Early Modern Stage / Nova Myhill -- "Shame's pure blush": Shakespeare and the Ethics of Spectatorship / William W.E. Slights -- Spectatorship and Repression in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night / Ian McAdam -- "Most grateful deceptions of the sight": Optical Technologies in Restoration England / Emily M. West -- Dying in Earnest: Public Executions and Their Audiences / Ronald Huebert and David McNeil -- Looking at John Donne Looking at God / Ronald Huebert -- Sidney Visualized: Thomas Lant's Sequitur celebritas (1588) and the Funeral Construction of an English National Hero / Rick Bowers -- "Watching the Watchers": The Spectatorship Game in Ned Ward's The London Spy / David McNeil -- Prospect Views: Landscapes, Knowledge, and Political Spectatorship in the Eighteenth Century / Frans de Bruyn -- A Case Study on Spectatorship and the Visual Arts: Democritus and Heraclitus / John Lepage -- Spectacle and the Chronotope of Progress in William Hogarth's London / Alli Son Muri -- Mural Painting and Spectatorship in Early Eighteenth-Century Britain / Lydia Hamlett
Summary "What did it mean to be a spectator during the lifetime of Shakespeare or of Aphra Behn? In Early Modern Spectatorship contributors use the idea of spectatorship to reinterpret canonical early modern texts and bring visibility to relatively unknown works. While many early modern spectacles were designed to influence those who watched, the very presence of spectators and their behaviour could alter the conduct and the meaning of the event itself. In the case of public executions, for example, audiences could both observe and be observed by the executioner and the condemned. Drawing on work in the digital humanities and theories of cultural spectacle, these essays discuss subjects as various as the death of Desdemona in Othello, John Donne's religious orientation, Ned Ward's descriptions of London, and Louis Laguerre's murals painted for the residences of English aristocrats. A lucid exploration of subtle questions, Early Modern Spectatorship identifies, imagines, and describes the spectator's experience in early modern culture. "-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Arts audiences -- England -- History
Performing arts -- Audiences -- England -- History
Arts audiences.
Civilization.
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
Performing arts -- Audiences.
England -- Civilization
England.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Huebert, Ronald, editor
McNeil, David, 1955- editor
ISBN 0773557911
077355792X
9780773557918 (electronic bk.)
9780773557925 (ePUB)