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Where was the chair of Mary Queen of Scots placed for her trial? How was Smithfield set up for public executions? How many paces did the King walk forward to meet a visiting ambassador in the Presence Chamber at Greenwich? How were spectators arranged at tournaments? And why did any of this matter? Janette Dillon adds a new dimension to work on space and theatricality by providing a comparative analysis of a range of spectacular historical events. She investigates in detail the claim that early modern court culture was always inherently performative, demonstrating how every kind of performance was shaped by its own space and place. Using a range of evidence, visual as well as verbal, and illustrated with some unfamiliar as well as better known images, Dillon leads the reader to general principles and conclusions via a range of minutely observed case studies.Read more
- Clearly structured around closely analysed case studies, leading the reader from specific examples to general principles and observations
- Draws on a range of theoretical models, allowing the reader to see how different approaches present different ways of understanding cultural events
- Informative illustrations add a visual dimension to the usual narrow focus on verbal documents
Reviews & endorsements
"Dillon’s book adds a new dimension to work on space and theatricality, performance and early-modern court culture by looking with equal rigor and insight at a range of spectacular events, from the more familiar (royal entries, progresses and revels) to those which have rarely been the subject of such detailed semiotic and performative analysis (ambassadorial receptions, trials, executions)...the first book that I have read that comprehensively makes good the claim that early-modern court culture was always inherently performative [...] This is a valuable addition to studies on early-modern cultural history, as well as a test case of how to write accessibly for readers from a range of disciplines."
-Greg WalkerSee more reviews
'Using a range of evidence found in both texts and pictures, The Language of Space develops a theoretical vocabulary from disciplines as disparate as dance and architecture, creating a new language with which to discuss space in court performance, public spectacle, and early modern theatre.' Hannah Leah Crummé, Notes and Queries
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- Date Published: December 2015
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781316505328
- length: 280 pages
- dimensions: 230 x 153 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.42kg
- contains: 28 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Royal entries and coronations
3. Royal progress
4. Meetings with ambassadors
5. Court revels
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