Early Modern Theatricality in the 21st Century brings twenty-five leading scholars to Rutgers for a summit on the state of the field, inviting them to test out new methods for capturing the full event of theatre and its immense imaginative resources. Panelists will examine the clusters of techniques, objects, bodies, conventions, signs, and other significant elements that characterized early modern performance and that extended beyond the public theaters to public entertainments and spectacles of all types, from the Tudor period to the Restoration. Organized in plenary roundtable format with generous time for collective discussion, the conference will present an exploded view of theatricality across a broad period, isolating functional parts, magnifying them for analysis, and integrating them into rigorous, conceptually adventurous statements that aim to provoke a re-discovery of early modern drama in all its formal complexity and wild profusion.
Date and Location:
Alexander Library, 4th Floor
Thursday, December 1, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Friday, December 2, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Attendance is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Rutgers British Studies Center, the Program in Early Modern Studies, and the Center for Cultural Analysis.