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The Resource A monster with a thousand hands : the discursive spectator in early modern England, Amy J. Rodgers

A monster with a thousand hands : the discursive spectator in early modern England, Amy J. Rodgers

Label
A monster with a thousand hands : the discursive spectator in early modern England
Title
A monster with a thousand hands
Title remainder
the discursive spectator in early modern England
Statement of responsibility
Amy J. Rodgers
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A Monster with a Thousand Hands' makes visible a figure that has been largely overlooked in early modern scholarship on theater and audiences: the discursive spectator, an entity distinct from the actual bodies attending early modern English playhouses. Amy J. Rodgers demonstrates how the English commercial theater's rapid development and prosperity altered the lexicon for describing theatergoers and the processes of engagement that the theater was believed to cultivate. In turn, these changes influenced and produced a cultural projection - the spectator - a figure generated by social practices rather than a faithful recording of those who attended the theater. The early modern discursive spectator did not merely develop alongside the phenomenological one, but played as significant a role in shaping early modern viewers and viewing practices as did changes to staging technologies, exhibition practices, and generic experimentation.While audience and film studies have theorized the spectator, these fields tend to focus on the role of twentieth-century media (film, television, and the computer) in producing mass-culture viewers. Such emphases lead to a misapprehension that the discursive spectator is modernity's creature. Fearing anachronism, early modern scholars have preferred demographic studies of audiences to theoretical engagements with the "effects" of spectatorship. While demographic work provides an invaluable snapshot, it cannot account for the ways that the spectator is as much an idea as a material presence. And, while a few studies pursue the dynamics that existed among author, text, and audience using critical tools sharpened by film studies, they tend to obscure how early modern culture understood the spectator. Rather than relying exclusively on historical or theoretical methodologies, A Monster with a Thousand Hands reframes spectatorship as a subject of inquiry shaped both by changes in entertainment technologies and the interaction of groups and individuals with different forms of cultural production
Cataloging source
PU/DLC
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Rodgers, Amy J
Dewey number
792.0942/09031
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR658.A88
LC item number
R63 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Theater audiences
  • Theater audiences
  • English drama
  • English drama
  • Theater audiences
  • England
Label
A monster with a thousand hands : the discursive spectator in early modern England, Amy J. Rodgers
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-215) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. Discursive Iterations/Fearful Symmetries -- Toward a Theory of Discursive Spectatorship -- The Blood of the Muses : Violent Spectatorship and Authorial Response in The Knight of the Burning Pestle -- The Book of Praises : The Spectator as Reader in Shakespeare's Romances -- The Language of Looking : Making Senses Speak in Jonsonian Masque -- Epilogue. The Discursive Spectator and the Question of History
Control code
1019842482
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
231 pages
Isbn
9780812250329
Lccn
2017059429
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1019842482
Label
A monster with a thousand hands : the discursive spectator in early modern England, Amy J. Rodgers
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-215) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. Discursive Iterations/Fearful Symmetries -- Toward a Theory of Discursive Spectatorship -- The Blood of the Muses : Violent Spectatorship and Authorial Response in The Knight of the Burning Pestle -- The Book of Praises : The Spectator as Reader in Shakespeare's Romances -- The Language of Looking : Making Senses Speak in Jonsonian Masque -- Epilogue. The Discursive Spectator and the Question of History
Control code
1019842482
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
231 pages
Isbn
9780812250329
Lccn
2017059429
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1019842482

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