Introduction: Beyond the Plague

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Chalk, Darryl and Floyd-Wilson, Mary. 2019. "Introduction: Beyond the Plague." Chalk, Darryl and Floyd-Wilson, Mary (ed.) Contagion and the Shakespearean stage. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-21
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Introduction: Beyond the Plague

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleContagion and the Shakespearean stage
AuthorsChalk, Darryl (Author) and Floyd-Wilson, Mary (Author)
EditorsChalk, Darryl and Floyd-Wilson, Mary
Page Range1-21
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Chapter Number1
Number of Pages21
Year2019
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN9783030144272
9783030144289
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-14428-9_1
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-14428-9_1
Abstract

In the absence of germ theory, what constituted contagion in the minds of the early moderns? In this opening chapter to the volume, Chalk and Floyd-Wilson demonstrate that early modern writers devoted constant attention to the possibility of contagious transmission, the idea that someone might be infected or transformed by the presence of others, through various kinds of exchange, or if exposed to certain ideas, practices, or environmental conditions, and they often did so in ways not limited to medical inquiry or the narrow study of a particular disease. In addition to outlining an approach to understanding pre-modern theories of contagion in relation to the efficacy of theatre in this period, they provide a guide to the interweaving concerns of the contributions to this collection.

Keywordscontagion, Shakespearean theatre, plague, germ theory, early modern drama, audience, stage
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470507. Comparative and transnational literature
360403. Drama, theatre and performance studies
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