Disguise on the Early Modern English Stage

Disguise on the Early Modern English Stage

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Disguise devices figure in many early modern English plays, and an examination of them clearly affords an important reflection on the growth of early theatre as well as on important aspects of the developing nation. In this study Peter Hyland considers a range of practical issues related to the performance of disguise. He goes on to examine various conceptual issues that provide a background to theatrical disguise (the relation of self and qotherq, the meaning of mask and performance). He looks at many disguise plays under three broad headings. He considers moral issues (the almost universal association of disguise with qevilq); social issues (sumptuary legislation, clothing, and the theatre, and constructions of class, gender and national or racial identity); and aesthetic issues (disguise as an emblem of theatre, and the significance of disguise for the dramatic artist). The study serves to examine the significant ways in which disguise devices have been used in early modern drama in England.Even so, as with the removal of face paint, there must have been practical problems with the actual moments of transition. ... take off her maiden weeds and put on doublet and hose but has only 70 or so lines to get back into womana#39;s clothing.

Title:Disguise on the Early Modern English Stage
Author:Professor Peter Hyland
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2013-05-28


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