Renaissance Women's Performance and the Dramatic Canon

Clare McManus, Lucy Munro

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This introduction to the special issue, ‘Renaissance Women’s Performance and the Dramatic Canon’, sets out and places in context the concerns with which the remaining essays engage. Opening by discussing uses of the term ‘actress’ by Thomas Kyd, Lording Barry and Philip Massinger, it describes the special issue’s engagement with the work of Natasha Korda, Robert Henke, Rachel Poulsen and others. It argues that criticism of the canonical drama of the professional stage should not overlook women’s performance, suggesting that by doing so scholarship will gain an increased understanding of the ways in which commercial plays responded to an important aspect of theatrical culture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalShakespeare Bulletin
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

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