Academic journal article Comparative Drama

Deborah Uman and Sara Morrison, Eds. Staging the Blazon in Early Modern English Theater

Academic journal article Comparative Drama

Deborah Uman and Sara Morrison, Eds. Staging the Blazon in Early Modern English Theater

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Deborah Uman and Sara Morrison, eds. Staging the Blazon in Early Modern English Theater. Farnham: Ashgate, 2013. Pp. xi + 220. $99.95.

This volume begins with notes on contributors (vii-x), acknowledgments (xi), and an introduction, "Setting the Stage" (1-12) by the editors. The primary text includes essays in five parts. Part 1, "Petrarchan Lovers in Performance" includes: Grant Williams, "Double Exposure: Gazing at Male Fantasy in Shakespearean Comedy" (13-24); Katherine R. Kellett, "Petrarchan Desire, the Female Ghost, and The Winter's Tale" (25-36); Elizabeth Williamson, "Dismembering Rhetoric and Lively Action in The Two Gentlemen of Verona" (37-52). Part 2, "Staging Blazonic Violence," includes: Lisa S. Starks-Estes, "Transforming Ovid: Images of Violence, Vulnerability, and Sexuality in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus" (53-66); Sara Morrison, "Embodying the Blazon: Performing and Transforming Pain in Measure for Measure and The Duchess of Malfi" (67-84). Part 3, "Dramatizing Dismemberment," includes: Patricia Marchesi, "'Limbs mangled and torn asunder': Dismemberment, Theatricality, and the Blazon in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus" (85-96); Ariane M. …

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