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Harlots and televising the realities of eighteenth-century English prostitution
Brig Kristin and Clark Emily J.

reading of this episode, in which characters exploit a woman’s illness in a power struggle, we argue that Harlots decentres early modern medicine by portraying how syphilis and its potential outcome in death formed a regular part of life for Londoners. Fusing disease and medicine into a period drama without breaking the show’s rhythm, this perspective educates the audience about eighteenth-century prostitution and sexually

in Diagnosing history
Early modern drama, early British television
Lisa Ward

While Shakespeare’s plays are the focus of almost all of the research devoted to early modern drama on screen, significant elements of scholarship have been published in recent years that consider film and television engagements with plays by other early modern writers. In 2011, 2014 and 2015, Shakespeare Bulletin produced special issues focused on non

in Screen plays
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The cinematic afterlife of an early modern political diva
Elisabeth Bronfen and Barbara Straumann

twentieth century. Discussing Elizabeth I as an early modern political media diva may seem preposterous, and yet our claim is that she anticipates the very enmeshment between celebrity culture and political power that is so particular to the charisma of celebrities in the public arena in the twentieth and early twenty-first century. What is at stake in our discussion is, therefore, a self-consciously ahistorical reading

in The British monarchy on screen
Middleton’s tragedies on television, 1965–2009
Susanne Greenhalgh

surviving pieces … unearthed, catalogued, authenticated, re-sequenced, and put together in a single magic box’ (G. Taylor 2007 : 58). The image might equally be applied to Middleton’s tragedies on television. Neil Taylor’s statistical overview of stage plays on BBC Television concludes that television has not served early modern drama well, with only seven playwrights’ work having

in Screen plays
Portraying medicine, poverty, and the bubonic plague in La Peste
Ragas José, Palma Patricia, and González-Donoso Guillermo

political and medical authorities, and especially the larger population, tried to escape or overcome the consequences of the epidemic. La Peste ’s release coincided with the centennial of the epidemic, commonly known as the Spanish flu, that killed twenty to fifty million people around the globe ( Spinney, 2018 ). Like its twentieth-century counterpart, the early modern plague inflicted significant damage on Spanish society

in Diagnosing history
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The spectator’s God’s-eye view
Daisy Black

the Reformation. Several works seek to dismantle the periodisation which has generated the supersessionary organisation of our studies, publication and teaching on the ‘medieval’ and the ‘early modern.’ Like the obscure beginnings of Christian time, the relationship between these periods is famously indistinct, and all the plays examined in this book, like N-Town’s Joseph and Mary, find themselves caught uncomfortably between these periods. My work as a reviewer for the ‘Middle English: Drama’ section of the Year’s Work in English Studies , for example, requires an

in Play time
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Byrne Katherine, Taddeo Julie Anne, and Leggott James

devastating effects of pandemics. This collection considers these key issues, alongside the appeal and popularity of the medical plot, and the way medicine has become ‘heritage’ due to its inclusion in period drama. Scope of the collection We begin with period dramas set in the early modern period of European, British, and American history, a time when medicine as a profession was coming into its own, as trained experts tried to

in Diagnosing history
Meyer Jessica

the heart of European and American culture throughout the early modern and modern periods. That the two disciplines should overlap and inform each other in the contemporary cultural form of television should, therefore, come as no surprise. This is simply the most recent manifestation of a long and fruitful partnership that has developed on the stage, the pages of novels, and in films before emerging so extensively on the small screen. As

in Diagnosing history
Martin Harries

it as a contradiction.) That court theatres of early modern Europe oriented the machine of the proscenium and the design of the theatre so that the privileged spectatorial position belonged to the monarch is exemplary of the first approach: the sovereign claimed the best seat in the house, the seat designed for the best view of the perspectival grid of the stage framed by the proscenium. 1 The sovereign subject inherits something like this privilege of sovereignty: the

in Beckett and media
The professionalisation of medicine in Poldark
Sadler Barbara

clear reference to the Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 2005–) character Derek ‘McDreamy’ Shepherd. Nevertheless, it is in their chosen profession where the distinctions are most damning for Choake. This is made manifest in their differing approach to patients and the resulting interactions. Fissell explains that ‘early modern medicine was dominated by the client’ ( 2005 : 92) insofar as the diagnosis was conducted largely from the

in Diagnosing history