Introduction: Beyond the Plague

Chalk, Darryl ORCID: and Floyd-Wilson, Mary (2019) Introduction: Beyond the Plague. In: Contagion and the Shakespearean stage. Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 1-21. ISBN 978-3-030-14427-2


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.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2020 08:46
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2020 00:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: contagion, Shakespearean theatre, plague, germ theory, early modern drama, audience, stage
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200524 Comparative Literature Studies
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470507 Comparative and transnational literature
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3604 Performing arts > 360403 Drama, theatre and performance studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
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