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This book explores the vital and interactive relationship between city and court in the drama of Shakespeare's time. Janette Dillon looks at relations between drama and city through the wider lens of fashion and commercialism, examining in particular the developing "West End" area along the Strand. She argues that during this period the drama of Shakespeare, Jonson, Heywood and others, is oriented toward both the city of London and the court, rather than to one or the other, as previous studies have assumed.Read more
- Focuses on specific time and place: London, Westminster and the developing 'West End'
- Includes an analysis of the recently discovered entertainment, Britain's Burse, by Ben Jonson
- Wide-ranging analyses of well-known plays such as Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost and Jonson's Epicoene as well as lesser-known material such as Heywood's Edward IV
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"Dillon's book is never less than sound and often fascinating and novel, and well deserves an honorable place among recent works on theater and Early Modern commerce." Essays in TheatreSee more reviews
"Dillon well delineates drama and social space in late sixteenth and early seventeenth century London..." Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance
"a stimulating read." Shakespeare Bulletin
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- Date Published: November 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521029902
- length: 200 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.31kg
- contains: 12 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Conventions and abbreviations
1. City, court and theatre
2. The place of exchange
3. From retreat to display
4. The place of dirt
5. Placing the boundaries
6. The place of accommodation
7. The masking of place
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