Mixed faith and shared feeling : theater in post-reformation London / Musa Gurnis.

Gurnis, Musa, author.
Other Title:
Theater in post-reformation London
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.
[11], 2-257, [1] pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Theater -- England -- London -- Religious aspects -- History -- 16th century.
Theater -- England -- London -- Religious aspects -- History -- 17th century.
Theater audiences -- England -- London -- Religious aspects -- History -- 16th century.
Theater audiences -- England -- London -- Religious aspects -- History -- 17th century.
Theater and society -- England -- London -- History -- 16th century.
Theater and society -- England -- London -- History -- 17th century.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
English drama -- 17th century -- History and criticism.
English drama.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan.
Theater and society.
Theater -- Religious aspects.
Great Britain.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Place of Publication:
United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia.
"Mixed Faith and Shared Feeling explores the mutually generative relationship between post-Reformation religious life and London's commercial theaters. It explores the dynamic exchange between the imaginatively transformative capacities of shared theatrical experience, with the particular ideological baggage that individual playgoers bring into the theater. While early modern English drama was shaped by the polyvocal, confessional scene in which it was embedded, Musa Gurnis contends that theater does not simply reflect culture but shapes it. According to Gurnis, shared theatrical experience allowed mixed-faith audiences to vicariously occupy alternative emotional and cognitive perspectives across the confessional spectrum. In looking at individual plays, such as Thomas Middleton's A Game of Chess and Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, Gurnis shows how theatrical process can restructure playgoers' experiences of confessional material and interrupt dominant habits of religious thought. She refutes any assumption that audiences consisted of conforming Church of England Protestants by tracking the complex and changing religious lives of seventy known playgoers. Arguing against work that seeks to draw fixed lines of religious affiliation around individual playwrights or companies, she highlights the common practice of cross-confessional collaboration among playhouse colleagues. Mixed Faith and Shared Feeling demonstrates how post-Reformation representational practices actively reshaped the ways ideologically diverse Londoners accessed the mixture of religious life across the spectrum of beliefs."--Dust jacket.
Mixed faith
Shared feeling
In mixed company : collaboration in commercial theater
Making a public through A Game at Chess
Measure for Measure : theatrical cues and confessional codes
Epilogue : pity in the public sphere.
"Published in cooperation with Folger Shakespeare Library."; title page.
Includes half-title page.
"Jacket design: John Hubbard"; back cover flap.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-244) and index.
Penn Chronology:
Hubbard, John, active 2018, book designer.
University of Pennsylvania. Press, publisher.
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library (University of Pennsylvania)
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