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Inventions of the Skin: The Painted Body in Early English Drama

Andrea Stevens


This book challenges the narrative of Shakespeare's ‘bare’ stage by looking at the ‘ground zero’ of early modern theatrical representation: the painted body of the actor. Organised as a series of studies and considering the impact of the materiality of stage properties on live performance, the four chapters of the book examine goldface and divinity in York's Corpus Christi play; bloodiness in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, including the unexpected use of blood as a disguise device; blackface performance within seventeenth-century court masques and in popular plays performed at the public play ... More

Keywords: stage paint, Shakespeare, early modern drama, skin, body of the actor, embodiment, disguise, inwardness, colour symbolism, visual aspect of Shakespeare's theatre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748670499
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748670499.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Stevens, author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign