Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Look Inside The Culture of Playgoing in Shakespeare's England

The Culture of Playgoing in Shakespeare's England
A Collaborative Debate


Paul Yachnin, Anthony B. Dawson, Anthony B. Dawson
View all contributors
  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521023634

£ 37.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • How was the experience of watching a play influenced by practices beyond the walls of the playhouse, and what were the broader social and historical implications of the culture of playgoing? The book sets out to answer such questions. Interested first in what happened within the playhouse itself, the authors focus on the person of the actor, on stage props, visual pleasure and audience behaviour. At the same time, their discussion moves outward to consider a range of cultural assumptions and practices - such as eucharistic controversy, prostitution, social mobility, iconoclasm, Renaissance optics, the formation of national memory, and the dissemination of news. Since the two authors have very different perspectives on these issues, they have chosen a unique format: rather than submerging their opposition, they have highlighted it. Their attacks and counter-attacks, as they contest each other's views in paired chapters, result in a lively and illuminating debate.

    • Reinserts the notion of 'theatrical pleasure' into critical writing about Shakespeare's theatre
    • A combination of specific theatrical practices and cultural implications
    • Its debate structure makes it different from any other book in the field
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'This study of theatre and drama in relation to the culture of Shakespeare's time is intellectually sophisticated, historically informed and engagingly written. Thoroughly up to date in its scholarship and original in its critical approach, it has much to say to students of the period. Its interest lies both in the dialectic of the discrete theoretical approaches of the two authors, and in its practical criticism, sometimes from differing perspectives, of specific plays by both Shakespeare and contemporary dramatists. The most unusual feature of the book … is the division of authorship from chapter to chapter. This frequently leads to stimulating debate, and especially to a valuable emphasis on the relativity of critical truth, the fact that history looks different when viewed from one perspective rather than another.' Stanley Wells

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521023634
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.349kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Paul Yachnin and Anthony B. Dawson
    Part I. Participation vs Populuxe: Two Theories of Early Modern Theatre:
    1. Performance and participation Anthony B. Dawson
    2. The Populuxe theatre Paul Yachnin
    Part II. Theatrical Pleasure and the Contest of Vision:
    3. Eye to eye opposed Paul Yachnin
    4. The distracted Globe Anthony B. Dawson
    Part III. Objects of Wonder and Desire:
    5. Magical properties Paul Yachnin
    6. Props, pleasure and idolatry Anthony B. Dawson
    Part IV. National Pastimes:
    7. The arithmetic of memory Anthony B. Dawson
    8. The house of fame Paul Yachnin
    Afterword Paul Yachnin and Anthony Dawson

  • Authors

    Anthony B. Dawson, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Anthony B. Dawson is Professor of English at the University of British Columbia.

    Paul Yachnin, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Paul Yachnin is Professor of English at the University of British Columbia.


    Paul Yachnin, Anthony B. Dawson, Anthony B. Dawson

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.