The framing text in early modern English drama : 'whining' prologues and 'armed' epilogues

Brian W. Schneider

Though individual prologues and epilogues have been treated in depth, very little scholarship has been published on early modern framing texts as a whole. "The Framing Text in Early Modern English Drama" fills a gap in the literature by examining the origins of these texts, and investigating their growing importance and influence in the theatre of the period. The topic-led discussion of prologues and epilogues deals with the origins of these texts, the difficulty of definition, and the way in which many prologues and epilogues appear to interact on such subjects as the composition of the theatre audience and the perceived place of women in such an audience. Author Brian Schneider also examines the reasons for, and the evidence leading to, the apparently sudden burgeoning of these texts after the Restoration, when prologues and epilogues grace nearly all the dramas of the time and become a virtual cottage industry of their own. The second section-a comprehensive list of prologues and epilogues-details play titles, playwrights, theatres and theatre companies, first performance and the earliest edition in which the framing text(s) appears. It quotes the first line of the prologue and/or epilogue and uses the printer's signature to denote the page on which the texts can be found. Further information is provided in notes appended to the relevant entry. A final section deals with 'free-floating' and 'free-standing' framing texts that appear in verse collections, manuscripts, and other publications and to which no play can be positively ascribed. Combining original analysis with carefully compiled, comprehensive reference data, "The Framing Text in Early Modern English Drama" provides a genuinely new angle on the drama of early modern England.

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  • Preamble
  • Introduction: matters of viewpoint
  • Matters of definition
  • 'Prologus' to prologue in classical drama
  • Epilogue origins and medieval framing texts
  • 'Sit, see and hear': prologues, epilogues and the dichotomised audience
  • 'Ladies, take your places': prologues, epilogues and the female spectator
  • The framing text - matters of custom
  • Identifying the framing text
  • The prologues and epilogues of early modern English drama to 1660
  • Miscellaneous prologues and epilogues
  • Bibliographies
  • Index.

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書名 The framing text in early modern English drama : 'whining' prologues and 'armed' epilogues
著作者等 Schneider Brian W.
シリーズ名 Studies in performance and early modern drama
出版元 Ashgate
刊行年月 c2011
ページ数 320 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9781409410171
NCID BB06884816
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス