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Last Acts: The Art of Dying on the Early Modern Stage

Maggie Vinter

Abstract

Last Acts: The Art of Dying on the Early Modern Stage argues that the Elizabethan and Jacobean theater offered playwrights, actors, and audiences important opportunities to practice arts of dying. Early modern plays also engage with devotional traditions that understand death less as an occasion for suffering or grieving than as an action to be performed, well or badly. Active deaths belie the narratives of helplessness and loss most often used to analyze representations of mortality and instead suggest ways that marginalized and constrained subjects might participate in the political, social, ... More

Keywords: arts of dying, biopolitics, Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, death, Giorgio Agamben, Renaissance drama, Robert Esposito, William Shakespeare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780823284269
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823284269.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maggie Vinter, author
Case Western Reserve University

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