Women on the Renaissance Stage: Anna of Denmark and female masquing in the Stuart court 1590-1619

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This work reassesses women's relationship to performance in early modern England. It investigates the staging conditions, practices and gendering of Anna of Denmark's performances, bringing current critical theorisations of race, class, gender, space and performance to bear on the female courtly body in dance, staging, scenery, costume and make-up in the Jacobean court.

The study establishes a tradition of early seventeenth-century female performance which constitutes a trajectory for the emergence of the professional Restoration female actor. Anna of Denmark, wife of James VI of Scotland/James I, was a great patron of Ben Johnson, among others.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages288
ISBN (Print)9780719062506
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2002
Externally publishedYes

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