Clowning and Authorship in Early Modern Theatre - Richard Preiss

Clowning and Authorship in Early Modern Theatre

To early modern audiences, the 'clown' was much more than a minor play character. A celebrity performer, he was a one-man sideshow whose interactive entertainments - face-pulling, farce interludes, jigs, rhyming contests with the crowd - were the main event. Les mer
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To early modern audiences, the 'clown' was much more than a minor play character. A celebrity performer, he was a one-man sideshow whose interactive entertainments - face-pulling, farce interludes, jigs, rhyming contests with the crowd - were the main event. Clowning epitomized a theatre that was heterogeneous, improvised, participatory, and irreducible to dramatic texts. How, then, did those texts emerge? Why did playgoers buy books that deleted not only the clown, but them as well? Challenging the narrative that clowns were 'banished' by playwrights like Shakespeare and Jonson, Richard Preiss argues that clowns such as Richard Tarlton, Will Kemp, and Robert Armin actually made playwrights possible - bridging, through the publication of their routines, the experience of 'live' and scripted performance. Clowning and Authorship tells the story of how, as the clown's presence decayed into print, he bequeathed the new categories around which theatre would organize: the author, and the actor.

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Introduction: the play is not the thing; 1. What audiences did; 2. Send in the clown; 3. Wiring Richard Tarlton; 4. Nobody's business; 5. Private practice; Epilogue: the principal verb.
Richard Preiss is Associate Professor of English at the University of Utah, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Shakespeare, early modern drama, and Renaissance literature. He has edited The Tempest: Shakespeare in Performance (2008), and his essays have appeared in publications including Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare Yearbook, and From Performance to Print in Shakespeare's England (2005). He is also a contributor to the forthcoming collections The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare and Early Modern Theatricality.