Staged Normality in Shakespeare's England

  • Rory Loughnane
  • Edel Semple

Part of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies book series (PASHST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Rory Loughnane
    Pages 1-29
  3. Discourses of Normality

  4. Negotiating Normality in Performance

  5. Staged Normality and the Domestic Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Emily O’Brien
      Pages 237-258
    3. Stephen Guy-Bray
      Pages 259-276
    4. Frances E. Dolan
      Pages 277-286
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 287-299

About this book


This book looks at the staging and performance of normality in early modern drama. Analysing conventions and rules, habitual practices, common things and objects, and mundane sights and experiences, this volume foregrounds a staged normality that has been heretofore unseen, ignored, or taken for granted. It draws together leading and emerging scholars of early modern theatre and culture to debate the meaning of normality in an early modern context and to discuss how it might transfer to the stage. In doing so, these original critical essays unsettle and challenge scholarly assumptions about how normality is represented in the performance space. The volume, which responds to studies of the everyday and the material turn in cultural history, as well as to broader philosophical engagements with the idea of normality and its opposites, brings to light the essential role that normality plays in the composition and performance of early modern drama.


Renaissance Drama Theatre History Early Modern Performance

Editors and affiliations

  • Rory Loughnane
    • 1
  • Edel Semple
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of KentCanterburyUK
  2. 2.School of EnglishUniversity College CorkCorkIreland

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