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Exploring the significance of visual things that are 'under construction' in works by playwrights. Illustrated with examples, it opens up new interpretations of the place of aesthetic form in the early modern imagination. Why are early modern English dramatists preoccupied with unfinished processes of ‘making’ and ‘unmaking’? And what did ‘finished’ or ‘incomplete’ mean for spectators of plays and visual works in this period? Making and unmaking in early modern English drama is about the prevalence and significance of visual things that are ‘under construction’ in early modern plays. Contributing to challenges to the well-worn narrative of ‘iconophobic’ early modern English culture, it explores the drama as a part of a lively post-Reformation visual world. Interrogating the centrality of concepts of ‘fragmentation’ and ‘wholeness’ in critical approaches to this period, it opens up new interpretations of the place of aesthetic form in early modern culture.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. ix
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. x
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  1. Introduction: speaking pictures?
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 1. Early modern English drama and visual culture
  2. pp. 18-63
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  1. 2. ‘In the keeping of Paulina’: the unknowable image in The Winter’s Tale
  2. pp. 64-97
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  1. 3. ‘But begun for others to end’: the ends of incompletion
  2. pp. 98-128
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  1. 4. ‘The brazen head lies broken’: divine destruction in Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay
  2. pp. 129-154
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  1. 5. Going unseen: invisibility and erasure in The Two Merry Milkmaids
  2. pp. 155-182
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  1. Conclusion: behind the screen
  2. pp. 183-201
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 202-226
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-230
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780719084973
Related ISBN
9781847798916
MARC Record
OCLC
1112235833
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2021-11-03
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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