Approved Web Resources for Personal Study

Note: These are NOT approved for the oral presentation, unless you discuss your plans with me in a timely fashion. You should draw on resources in the Aladin catalog or other library databases for your oral presentation!

Introductory Resources

Ancient Greek Theater

Medieval European Theater

Renaissance and Early Modern European Theater

  • Elizabethan and Jacobean Timeline
  • The Development of Scenic Spectacle
  • Primary Sources Archived by Topic at the Folger Shakespeare Library Online : Sample topics include: Animals, Astrology, Courtship, Education, Evil, Friendship, and Gender Roles
  • Th'Overthrow of Stage-Playes, 1599 at the Folger Shakespeare Library Online : Here, Rainolds explains in elaborate and painstaking detail all the reasons "stage-playes" are corrupt and sinful, using biblical references as his foundation. Beginning with a citation from Deuteronomy, Rainolds presents a fifteen-page diatribe against cross-dressing in the theater.—GT
  • Essayes or counsels, ciuill and morall, 1625 at the Folger Shakespeare Library Online : Francis Bacon published this book of essays in 1625. Pages 223-226 present the essay titled, "On Masques." This essay begins with the observations that masques are "but toys," but worthy of discussion and analysis because they are enjoyed by royalty and other well-respected people. Bacon describes the qualities of a good masque, and also identifies elements he finds frivolous or pointless. This essay gives students a good snapshot of a specific type of theatrical experience they may not know much about, one that had significant influence on dramatists of Shakespeare's era.—DR
  • Consuming Splendor: Luxury Goods in England, 1580-1680 at the Folger Shakespeare Library Online : Demand for luxury goods—rich fabrics, lacquered furniture, tapestries, chimneypieces, silver, porcelain, crystal, paintings, watches, and fine jewels—grew dramatically in England during the first half of the seventeenth century. Exotic products, such as tobacco, coffee, chocolate, and tea from the Indies, Asia, and Africa penetrated the English market, creating new public spaces and private rituals. People at many levels of society more time and more money dressing themselves, decorating their houses, and whetting their appetites. To meet increasing demand, the first London shopping malls were created. New goods from home and abroad marked their purchasers as fashionable, cosmopolitan, and, in the words of contemporaries, "modern." —LP and RD

Restoration and Eighteenth-Century European Theater

  • The Web/World of London Theater, 1660-1800
  • David Garrick, 1717-1779 : A Theatrical Life
  • Consuming Splendor: Luxury Goods in England, 1580-1680 at the Folger Shakespeare Library Online : Demand for luxury goods—rich fabrics, lacquered furniture, tapestries, chimneypieces, silver, porcelain, crystal, paintings, watches, and fine jewels—grew dramatically in England during the first half of the seventeenth century. Exotic products, such as tobacco, coffee, chocolate, and tea from the Indies, Asia, and Africa penetrated the English market, creating new public spaces and private rituals. People at many levels of society more time and more money dressing themselves, decorating their houses, and whetting their appetites. To meet increasing demand, the first London shopping malls were created. New goods from home and abroad marked their purchasers as fashionable, cosmopolitan, and, in the words of contemporaries, "modern." —LP and RD

Modern European Theater

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