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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262168.003.0006

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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