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Theater of the Senses

Title: A Theater of the Senses: A Cultural History of Theatrical Effects in Early-Modern England.
Name(s): Carr, Kevin Matthew, author
Spiller, Elizabeth, professor directing dissertation
Crew, Robert, university representative
Boehrer, Bruce, committee member
Taylor, Gary, committee member
Department of English, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: New or evolving stage technologies such as squibs, cranes, pulleys, cannons, trap doors, and other apparatuses all contributed to the rise in popularity of what I refer to as an effects-driven "theater of the senses" in early-modern England. Early modern theater and science shared a common interest in the performance of effects. The performance of these effects elevated the role of the senses in both theater and experimental culture. While demonstrating the diverse ways in which technology was employed on the early-modern stage (in the works of Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, and Ben Johnson), A Theater of the Senses argues that the phenomenology of theatrical performance is a crucial context within which we can better understand the experimental culture of the seventeenth century.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-7325 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2013.
Date of Defense: May 22, 2013.
Keywords: effects, phenomenology, Renaissance, senses, technology, theater
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Elizabeth Spiller, Professor Directing Dissertation; Robert Crew, University Representative; Bruce Boehrer, Committee Member; Gary Taylor, Committee Member.
Subject(s): English literature
America -- Literatures
Composition (Language arts)
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