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  • Print publication year: 2004
  • Online publication date: March 2008

7 - ‘An example of courtesy and liberality’: great households and performance

from PART II - ELIZABETHAN THEATRE
Summary
The students and scholars of early modern theatre have focused primarily on the plays of the public stages, but long before the existence of the Blackfriars, the Rose, or the great Globe itself, private household auspices had offered cultural experiences that differed significantly from their vastly more famous progeny. Theatre historians interested in social history, specifically in the fundamental importance of patronage to the structure of early modern culture, have discovered that household auspices were much more significant in the history of drama than one had heretofore assumed them to be. During the past twenty-five years, many scholars have been working to attribute anonymous early Tudor playtexts to patrons and great household auspices. Feminist criticism has inspired some of the most refreshing discoveries in household patronage, showing that women took a vital role in artistic production in early modern England.
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The Cambridge History of British Theatre
  • Online ISBN: 9781139054058
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CHOL9780521650403
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