Degree Year

1981

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

English

Advisor(s)

Robert Pierce

Keywords

Masques

Abstract

The masked noblemen prepare to preform one of their intricate dances for King James I and his court; they aim to make the complex floor patterns and body movements appear ordered, adroit, and effortless. Their dances are just one element of the highly elaborate Stuart court masque with integrates dance, poetry, scenic design, costume design and music into a three-hour dramatic spectacle. All that remains today of the lavish event is a text of twelve pages, some short descriptions of the choreography, a handful of sketches, and several short pieces of music. Although we can never fully reconstruct Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue or any other Stuart masque, we can piece together the evidence, and attempt to understand how jonson conceives and constructs his masques.

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