Academic journal article Shakespeare Studies

Foreword

Academic journal article Shakespeare Studies

Foreword

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SHAKESPEARE STUDIES is very pleased to offer in Volume XXX its second Symposium, "Mere Archaeology": Theater History Updates, conceived and organized by S. P. Cerasano, whose introductory essay reviews the major currents of thought regarding the material aspects of London theaters. Other theater historians in the Symposium write on such topics as recent studies in dramatic manuscripts, and the current state of archaeology in regard to four playhouses and the Bear Garden. The results are of some importance to scholars for whom the London theater backgrounds their own thinking about the role of plays in early modern English society.

In addition to the Symposium, Volume XXX presents our sixth Forum, organized by Dympna Callaghan: "The Idea of History in Renaissance Studies." Discussing the difficulties inherent in the move to "contextualize" the literary text, Callaghan presents five scholars who address such topics as "Readers, Evidence, and Interdisciplinarity," and "Parliament and the Theatre of State." Volume XXX also features three essays contributed by Jesse M. Lander, Alison Thorne, and Peter A. …

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