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Separate Theaters: Bethlem ( Bedlam ) Hospital and the Shakespearean Stage (Hardback)

Kenneth S. Jackson

Edité par Associated University Presses, United States, 2005
ISBN 10: 0874138906 / ISBN 13: 9780874138900
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Titre : Separate Theaters: Bethlem ( Bedlam ) ...

Éditeur : Associated University Presses, United States

Date d'édition : 2005

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. This book seeks to update the still standard reference on the topic of London s notorious psychiatric hospital, Bethlem, and the Shakespearean stage - Robert Reed s Bedlam on the Jacobean Stage (1953) - by challenging its assumption that Bethlem was a house of horrors that showed its patients to visitors for entertainment, a practice supposedly then depicted on the stage to please primitive tastes. As the recent History of Bethlem has suggested, the hospital was first and foremost a charity, one that showed its patients to elicit alms for the mad poor. Seeing the mad poor living in squalor moved people to give; that some spectators also laughed at this show may complicate, but does not contradict, Bethlem s charitable function. In contrast to our popular understanding of charity, which generally involves the efforts of the givers to at least mask any feelings of contempt for recipients, early modern charitable impulses coexisted easily with a clear disgust for and a- willingness to laugh at the recipients of charity. N° de réf. du libraire ANB9780874138900

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Synopsis : This book seeks to update the still standard reference on the topic of London's notorious psychiatric hospital, Bethlem, and the Shakespearean stage - Robert Reed's Bedlam on the Jacobean Stage (1953) - by challenging its assumption that Bethlem was a house of horrors that showed its patients to visitors for entertainment, a practice supposedly then depicted on the stage to please "primitive" tastes. As the recent History of Bethlem has suggested, the hospital was first and foremost a charity, one that showed its patients to elicit alms for the mad poor. Seeing the mad poor living in squalor moved people to give; that some spectators also laughed at this show may complicate, but does not contradict, Bethlem's charitable function. In contrast to our popular understanding of charity, which generally involves the efforts of the givers to at least mask any feelings of contempt for recipients, early modern charitable impulses coexisted easily with a clear disgust for and a- willingness to laugh at the recipients of charity.

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