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Not Everybody's a Critic: The Functions and Limitations of Performance in Elizabethan England

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dc.contributor.advisor Graham, Lisa Jane
dc.contributor.advisor Hayton, Darin
dc.contributor.author Petty, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-09T13:05:06Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-09T13:05:06Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/5147
dc.description.abstract In Elizabethan England, political participation required access to the Queen. As a point of contact, performances staged for Elizabeth reveal how the Queen engaged with her subjects. The nobility in both the court and country used shows to convey advice on affairs of state to Elizabeth, but they had to balance this council with confirmations of the Queen's authority so as not to anger her by undermining her power. While enacting affection and loyalty for their Queen, the common people engaged in a more general dialogue with Elizabeth that mimicked the consultation of the nobility creating a political outlet in lieu of popular revolt. These political discourses generated through performances complicate the image of Elizabeth as an authoritarian Queen by showing her level of engagement with her constituency. en
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Dept. of History
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject.lcsh Political participation -- England -- History -- 16th century
dc.subject.lcsh Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603 -- Public opinion
dc.subject.lcsh Theater -- Political aspects -- England -- History -- 16th century
dc.title Not Everybody's a Critic: The Functions and Limitations of Performance in Elizabethan England en
dc.type Thesis (B.A.) en
dc.rights.access Open Access


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