Staged normality in Shakespeare's England / Rory Loughnane, Edel Semple, editors.

Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019]
Palgrave Shakespeare studies.
Palgrave Shakespeare studies
xiii, 299 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history -- To 1625.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
Manners and customs in literature.
Social norms in literature.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan.
Manners and customs in literature.
Social norms in literature.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
This book looks at the staging and performance of normality in early modern drama. Analysing conventions and rules, habitual practices, common things and objects, and mundane sights and experiences, this volume foregrounds a staged normality that has been heretofore unseen, ignored, or taken for granted. It draws together leading and emerging scholars of early modern theatre and culture to debate the meaning of normality in an early modern context and to discuss how it might transfer to the stage. In doing so, these original critical essays unsettle and challenge scholarly assumptions about how normality is represented in the performance space. The volume, which responds to studies of the everyday and the material turn in cultural history, as well as to broader philosophical engagements with the idea of normality and its opposites, brings to light the essential role that normality plays in the composition and performance of early modern drama.
Chapter 1. Introduction : stages of normality / Rory Loughnane
Part I. Discourses of normality. Chapter 2. Circling the square : geometry, masculinity, and the norms of Antony and Cleopatra / Carla Mazzio ; Chapter 3. Normal school : Merry wives and the future of a feeling / Elizabeth Hanson ; Chapter 4. Regulating time and the self in Shakespearean drama / Kristine Johanson ; Chapter 5. Under the skin : a neighbourhood ethnography of leather and early modern drama / Julie Sanders
Part II. Negotiating normality in performance. Chapter 6. Shakespeare's strange conventionality / Brett Gamboa ; Chapter 7. Transgressive normality and normal transgression in Sir Thomas More / Edel Semple ; Chapter 8. 'So like an old tale' : staging inheritance and the lost child in Shakespeare's romances / Michelle M. Dowd ; Chapter 9. 'Proper' men and 'tricksy' spirits : the eunuch in disguise in Twelfth night and The tempest / Brinda Charry
Part III. Staged normality and the domestic space. Chapter 10. Everyday murder and household work in Shakespeare's domestic tragedies / Emma Whipday ; Chapter 11. Children, normality, and domestic tragedy / Emily O'Brien ; Chapter 12. Feminine transgression and normal domesticity / Stephen Guy-Bray ; Chapter 13. Afterword / Frances E. Dolan.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Loughnane, Rory, editor.
Semple, Edel, 1983- editor.
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