Writing on the Renaissance stage : written words, printed pages, metaphoric books /
Frederick Kiefer.
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c1996.
377 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0874135958 (alk. paper)
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Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c1996.
0874135958 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 347-359) and index.
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In this learned three-part study, Kiefer (Univ. of Arizona) examines the significance of the handwritten and printed word as a determining force in the shaping of early modern history. Although the invention of the printing press accounts for the rapid dissemination of classical and scriptural learning to the increasingly literate population of Renaissance Europe, the theater served as the site of ideological controversy generated by the scholarly and religious ideas of Erasmus and Luther, who are discussed in part one. In part two, the author illustrates their impact in several Elizabethan plays and observes the prevalence of language figures based on books and writing in Marlowe, Shakespeare, and others. Last, Kiefer turns to the heart of his discussion: the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage. He devotes chapters to the dramatic contexts of metaphoric books of conscience, nature, fate, and the values they reflect. Four appendixes address Elizabethan literacy and theatrical uses of books and written materials in words, props, and symbols. Notes and a selected bibliography conclude this excellent book. Graduate and research libraries. F. K. Barasch CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College
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The study of the written and printed word on the stage of Shakespeare and his contemporaries begins by considering the significance of writing and printing in Renaissance culture. The focus is on Erasmus and Luther who shaped attitudes toward the written word, spurred the proliferation of the printing press, and encouraged the growth of literacy.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Erasmus, Luther, and the Scriptural Wordp. 21
Written Words and Printed Booksp. 44
Ideology, Printing Press, and Stagep. 73
Writing and Print as Figurative Languagep. 89
The Book of Consciencep. 111
Conscience on the Stagep. 124
The Book of Naturep. 163
Nature on the Stagep. 180
The Book of Fatep. 219
Fate on the Stagep. 232
Conclusionp. 264
Elizabethan Literacyp. 268
Written and Printed Words on the Stagep. 275
The Pragmatic Value of Props Involving Writing and Printp. 283
Books and Written Materials as Symbolsp. 287
Notesp. 297
Select Bibliographyp. 347
Indexp. 361
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