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Listening for Theatrical Form in Early Modern England
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Listening for Theatrical Form in Early Modern England

Allison K. Deutermann


Early modern drama was in fundamental ways an aural art form. How plays should sound and how they should be heard were questions vital to the formal development of early modern drama, and particularly to two of its most popular genres: revenge tragedy and city comedy. Simply put, theatregoers were taught to hear these plays differently. Revenge tragedies by William Shakespeare and Thomas Kyd imagine sound stabbing, piercing and slicing into listeners' bodies on and off the stage; while comedies by Ben Jonson and John Marston imagine it being sampled selectively and according to taste. Listenin ... More

Keywords: Listening, Hearing, Aurality, Drama, Theater, Sound, Genre, Form, Audiences, Audition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474411264
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411264.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allison K. Deutermann, author
Baruch College, City University of New York