Echo and Meaning on Early Modern English Stages

  • Susan L. Anderson

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature book series (PASTMULI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Susan L. Anderson
    Pages 1-22
  3. Susan L. Anderson
    Pages 49-66
  4. Susan L. Anderson
    Pages 67-97
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 121-123

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the trope of echo in early modern literature and drama, exploring the musical, sonic, and verbal effects generated by forms of repetition on stage and in print. Focusing on examples where Echo herself appears as a character, this study shows how echoic techniques permeated literary, dramatic, and musical performance in the period, and puts forward echo as a model for engaging with sounds and texts from the past. Starting with sixteenth century translations of myths of Echo from Ovid and Longus, the book moves through the uses of echo in Elizabethan progress entertainments, commercial and court drama, Jacobean court masques, and prose romance. It places the work of well-known dramatists, such as Ben Jonson and John Webster, in the context of broader cultures of performance. The book will be of interest to scholars and students of early modern drama, music, and dance.

Keywords

sound studies music studies performance studies Elizabethan entertainment Cynthia's Revels Jacobean court masque echo in dance echo and drama The Duchess of Malfi The Countess of Montgomery's Urania historical musicology Ben Jonson Ovid's Echo myth Origin of Echo in Daphnis and Chloe Elvetham 1591 Kenilworth 1575 Bisham 1592 echo as oracular voice echo as comic foil

Authors and affiliations

  • Susan L. Anderson
    • 1
  1. 1.Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67970-9
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-67969-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-67970-9
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