Reinventing “Theatre” via the Printing 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’.
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