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Maritime Musicians and Performers on Early Modern English Voyages

The Lives of the Seafaring Middle Class

"This original and accessible book draws on archival sources and embraces social history, labor history, and the history of performance. The stories of these artists, actors, dancers, and musicians who are thrown together with common seafarers and how they are forced to (or are delighted to) navigate between the sailors’ rough ways and the courtly pretensions of their senior officers makes a striking new contribution to the history and sociology of shipboard life during the early modern period."
- Colin Dewey, California State University Maritime Academy

''Seth’s method is to be expansive, considering as wide a range of performers — singers, musicians, dancers, play actors — as he can, and attempting as full a recapitulation of the lives of the performers as sources will allow. And it is his capacious conception of music and performance that makes this work unique; his chapters include not only the expected attention to military and civilian performers, as well as interest in the performative underpinnings of rituals and diplomatic entertainments; they also explore signaling work and the importance of nonverbal communication to early modern colonizers.''
- Manushang N. Powell, Eighteenth-Century StudiesWinter 2024, V.57.2

Maritime Musicians and Performers on Early Modern English Voyages aims to tell the full story of early English shipboard performers, who have been historically absent from conversations about English navigation, maritime culture, and economic expansion. Les mer

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Maritime Musicians and Performers on Early Modern English Voyages aims to tell the full story of early English shipboard performers, who have been historically absent from conversations about English navigation, maritime culture, and economic expansion. Often described reductively in voyaging accounts as having one function, in fact maritime performers served many communicative tasks. Their lives were not only complex, but often contradictory. Though not high-ranking officers, neither were they lower-ranking mariners or sailors. They were influenced by a range of competing cultural practices, having spent time playing on both land and sea, and their roles required them to mediate parties using music, dance, and theatre as powerful forms of nonverbal communication. Their performances transcended and breached boundaries of language, rank, race, religion, and nationality, thereby upsetting conventional practices, improving shipboard and international relations, and ensuring the success of their voyages.

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Forlag
Amsterdam University Press
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9789463725415
Utgivelsesår
2022
Format
23 x 16 cm

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"This original and accessible book draws on archival sources and embraces social history, labor history, and the history of performance. The stories of these artists, actors, dancers, and musicians who are thrown together with common seafarers and how they are forced to (or are delighted to) navigate between the sailors’ rough ways and the courtly pretensions of their senior officers makes a striking new contribution to the history and sociology of shipboard life during the early modern period."
- Colin Dewey, California State University Maritime Academy

''Seth’s method is to be expansive, considering as wide a range of performers — singers, musicians, dancers, play actors — as he can, and attempting as full a recapitulation of the lives of the performers as sources will allow. And it is his capacious conception of music and performance that makes this work unique; his chapters include not only the expected attention to military and civilian performers, as well as interest in the performative underpinnings of rituals and diplomatic entertainments; they also explore signaling work and the importance of nonverbal communication to early modern colonizers.''
- Manushang N. Powell, Eighteenth-Century StudiesWinter 2024, V.57.2

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