Theatre and Plague: The Doubly Potent Spectacles of Early Modern Culture

  • Amanda Di Ponio
Part of the Avant-Gardes in Performance book series (AGP)


Di Ponio examines the connection between the theatre and the plague, a fundamental physical as well as metaphysical relationship for Antonin Artaud, as both have the power to transform through upheaval. The chapter begins by acknowledging Artaud’s own research on the plague and then situating his conclusions through an early modern perspective by examining the connection between the plague and the advent of the public theatre―perfect doubles of one another―in England in the late 1500s. The Plague Pamphlets of Thomas Dekker are important primary sources to better grasp the early modern understanding of the plague.


Antonin Artaud William Shakespeare Thomas Dekker Early modern plague Early modern theatre 


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  • Amanda Di Ponio
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  1. 1.Huron University CollegeLondonCanada

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