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Shakespeare’s Clowns

Shakespeare and Elizabethan Popular Culture : The Arden Critical Companions

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2006

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...Let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them – for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too, though in the meantime some necessary question of the play...

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Alex Mermikides

Dr Alex Mermikides is Senior Lecturer in Drama at Kingston University, London, UK. Her research interest is in contemporary performance-making and she is co-editor of Devising in Process (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Gianna Bouchard

Dr Gianna Bouchard is Principal Lecturer in Drama at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Her research focuses on contemporary theatre and performance in relation to medical science, live art, critical theory and feminist practice. Her work has been published in Performance Research, Contemporary Theatre Review and various edited collections. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performance and the Medical Body

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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... which identifies us all as ‘patient[s]-in-waiting’ (Dumit, 2012, 56). Part of this cultural landscape has emerged from the ‘biologization’ of medicine (and many other fields) during the twentieth century. As Lennard J. Davis explains,...