Richard Preiss's Clowning and Authorship in Early Modern Theatre PDF

By Richard Preiss

ISBN-10: 1107036577

ISBN-13: 9781107036574

To early sleek audiences, the 'clown' was once even more than a minor play personality. a star performer, he used to be a one-man sideshow whose interactive entertainments - face-pulling, farce interludes, jigs, rhyming contests with the group - have been the most occasion. Clowning epitomized a theatre that was once heterogeneous, improvised, participatory, and irreducible to dramatic texts. How, then, did these texts emerge? Why did playgoers purchase books that deleted not just the clown, yet them in addition? tough the narrative that clowns have been 'banished' through playwrights like Shakespeare and Jonson, Richard Preiss argues that clowns similar to Richard Tarlton, Will Kemp, and Robert Armin truly made playwrights attainable - bridging, throughout the book in their exercises, the event of 'live' and scripted functionality. Clowning and Authorship tells the tale of ways, because the clown's presence decayed into print, he bequeathed the recent different types round which theatre may organise: the writer, and the actor.

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