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In late-sixteenth-century London, the commercial theaters undertook a novel experiment, fueling a fashion for plays that trafficked in the contemporary urban scene. But beyond the stage’s representing the everyday activities of the expanding metropolis, its unprecedented urban turn introduced a new dimension into theatrical experience, opening up a reflexive space within which an increasingly diverse population might begin to “practice” the city. In this, the London stage began to operate as a medium as well as a model for urban understanding.

Practicing the City traces a range of local engagements, onstage and off, in which the city’s population came to practice new forms of urban sociability and belonging. With this practice, Levine suggests, city residents became more self-conscious about their place within the expanding metropolis and, in the process, began to experiment in new forms of collective association. Reading an array of materials, from Shakespeare and Middleton to plague bills and French-language manuals, Levine explores urban practices that push against the exclusions of civic tradition and look instead to the more fluid relations playing out in the disruptive encounters of urban plurality.

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Nina Levine is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina.

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Well researched, subtly nuanced, and sophisticated in its theoretical and cultural contextualization of the plays, Levine’s book is a welcome addition to recent work on the relationship between the early modern metropolis and the stage, as well as to the latest research on city drama. (Renaissance Quarterly)

Nina Levine's Practicing the City: Early Modern London On Stage is nothing short of brilliant. Her intellectually challenging scholarship should make any serious scholar rethink received wisdom regarding the interactions between the city of London and the early modern stage in so many perceptive and provocative ways. (The Sixteenth Century Journal)

“Instead of choosing a single, limiting dominant metaphor or thematic element to organize the book, Nina Levine manages the difficult task of weaving together a range of organizing principles across the chapters. That diversity of topics creates a multifaceted argument that matches early modern London, its politics, its culture, and its plays in breadth and complexity.” (―Adam Zucker University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

“Practicing the City makes a substantial, original contribution to the expansion of our understanding of the interrelation of London and early modern drama in the light of the unprecedented urbanization that occurred in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.” (―James R. Siemon Boston University)

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