Early Modern Spectatorship: Interpreting English Culture, 1500-1780 (Paperback)

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By Ronald Huebert (Editor), David McNeil (Editor)


What did it mean to be a spectator during the lifetime of Shakespeare or of Aphra Behn? In Early Modern Spectatorship contributors use the idea of spectatorship to reinterpret canonical early modern texts and bring visibility to relatively unknown works. While many early modern spectacles were designed to influence those who watched, the very presence of spectators and their behaviour could alter the conduct and the meaning of the event itself. In the case of public executions, for example, audiences could both observe and be observed by the executioner and the condemned. Drawing on work in the digital humanities and theories of cultural spectacle, these essays discuss subjects as various as the death of Desdemona in Othello, John Donne's religious orientation, Ned Ward's descriptions of London, and Louis Laguerre's murals painted for the residences of English aristocrats. A lucid exploration of subtle questions, Early Modern Spectatorship identifies, imagines, and describes the spectator's experience in early modern culture.

About the Author

Ronald Huebert is professor emeritus in the Department of English at Dalhousie University and Inglis Professor at the University of King's College. David McNeil is a former associate professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University.

Praise For…

"Early Modern Spectatorship brings together and expands the concept of spectatorship by effectively demonstrating its wide applicability. It also makes a strong case for digital humanities by showing how digital materials enhance the ability of literary scholars to make use of artifacts from material and popular culture, as well as sixteenth-, seventeenth-, and eighteenth-century science and technology." Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler, Texas State University
Product Details
ISBN: 9780773556775
ISBN-10: 077355677X
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Publication Date: June 30th, 2019
Pages: 430
Language: English