Clowning, Location, and Mediterranean Drama

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This essay explores the ways in which early modern clowns disturb both spatial and generic decorum within early modern drama, and examines the ideological implications of these disturbances. With a particular focus on plays set in the Mediterranean, it demonstrates how clown-figures, through a variety of techniques, refocus attention on the performance space even at moments when plays seem most concerned with the real geographical locations they present. The essay ends by considering the impact of clowning on plays’ capacities to construct what John Gillies has influentially called a ‘geography of difference’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-124
Number of pages14
JournalCahiers Élisabéthains
Issue number1
Early online date1 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015


  • clown
  • Mediterranean
  • intertheatricality
  • dramatic geography
  • genre

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