New Publication: Dr Laurence Publicover's Dramatic Geography
26 September 2017
Dr Laurence Publicover's Dramatic Geography: Romance, Intertheatricality, and Cultural Encounter in Early Modern Mediterranean Drama was published on 21st September by Oxford University Press. This book explores how geographical locations were created in early modern theatres with minimal scenery, and demonstrates how this form of dramatic geography relied on literary and theatrical heritage. With its focus on canonical plays including The Merchant of Venice, The Jew of Malta, and The Tempest, as well as lesser-known dramas such as Soliman and Perseda, Guy of Warwick, and The Travels of the Three English Brothers, Dramatic Geography retraces the origin of early modern foreign settings in a romance tradition dating back to the medieval period. Laurence's long-standing interest in early modern theatre and sea literature also informs his discussion of ‘intertheatrical geography’ as a key phenomenon to better understand the nature of early modern dramatic authorship. Dramatic Geography can be accessed on Oxford Scholarship Online.