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Drugs and Theater in Early Modern England$
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Tanya Pollard

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270835

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270835.001.0001

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Theater's Antidotes

Theater's Antidotes

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(p.144) Epilogue: Theater's Antidotes
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Drugs and Theater in Early Modern England
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Tanya Pollard (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270835.003.0007

This epilogue returns to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and examines the status of the antidote that Puck ultimately provides to counteract the effects of love-in-idleness. Given the parallels drawn in the play between the consequences of the original drug and those of the theater itself, the book closes by examining the possibility that plays might provide antidotes to their own effects. It meditates on the idea of theater as a dangerous remedy that transforms bodies and minds in complex, contradictory, and ambivalent ways.

Keywords:   antidote, remedy, drug, Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream

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