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By Joanne Rochester

ISBN-10: 0754630803

ISBN-13: 9780754630807

The playwrights composing for the London degree among 1580 and 1642 time and again staged plays-within and different metatheatrical inserts. Such works current fictionalized spectators in addition to performers, supplying photographs of the audience-stage interplay in the theatre. they're as a lot enactments of the interpretive paintings of a spectator as of performing, and as such they seem to be a capability resource of data approximately early glossy conceptions of audiences, spectatorship and belief. This learn examines on-stage spectatorship in 3 performs by way of Philip Massinger, head playwright for the King's males from 1625 to 1640. every one play provides a distinct kind of metatheatrical inset, from the plays-within of The Roman Actor (1626), to the masques-within of town Madam (1632) to the titular miniature portrait of the image (1629), relocating thematically from spectator interpretations of dramatic functionality, the visible spectacle of the masque to staged 'readings' of static visible paintings. All 3 kinds current a dramatization of the method of exam, and make allowance an research of Massinger's assumptions approximately interpretation, conception and spectator response.

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