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Theatre of the Book 1480–1880Print, Text, and Performance in Europe$
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Julie Stone Peters

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199262168

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262168.001.0001

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Reinventing “Theatre” via the Printing Press

Reinventing “Theatre” via the Printing Press

(p.93) 4. Reinventing “Theatre” via the Printing Press
Theatre of the Book 1480–1880

Julie Stone Peters

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the impact of printed plays, treatises on poetics, and theatrical images on the performance culture of late 15th- and early 16th-century Europe and their role in creating, out of the multitude of medieval performance forms, a normative notion of ‘theatre’: a place where comedies and tragedies were to be represented by actors ‘playing by the book’.

Keywords:   printed plays, treatises, poetics, performance culture, medieval performance, theatre

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