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Brett Greatley-Hirsch: ‘Take a table’ and other early modern stage props: a quantitative approach
9 March, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Empirical studies of Renaissance drama, including authorship attribution study, typically focus exclusively on patterns of language. However, a play is more than its dialogue, and the same empirical approaches might also uncover latent patterns in non-verbal features of the drama. Stage properties or ‘props’ are one such feature, and this paper presents a quantitative analysis of the frequency and distribution of props in plays written for (and performed on) the commercial London stage, 1590–1609.