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The Early Modern Corpse and Shakespeare's Theatre

Susan Zimmerman


This book explores the relationship of the public theatre to the question of what constituted the ‘dead’ in early modern English culture within a theoretical framework that makes use of history, psychoanalysis and anthropology. The author argues that concepts of the corpse as a semi-animate, generative and indeterminate entity were deeply rooted in medieval religious culture. Such concepts ran counter to early modern discourses that sought to harden categorical distinctions between body/spirit, animate/inanimate – in particular, the attacks of Reformists on the materiality of ‘dead’ idols, and ... More

Keywords: public theatre, dead, psychoanalysis, corpse, medieval religious culture, Reformists, Shakespeare, anthropology, semi-animate entity, idols

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748621033
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621033.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Zimmerman, author