How fear of the ‘foreign’ shaped English drama
What role did non-European geographies play in shaping early modern English drama between 1576 and 1660? The EU-funded ForGED project will analyse the non-European settings of plays written and performed in this period. It will investigate how English drama invoked locations that were the focus of national mercantile and colonialist interests. It will also investigate how early modern drama engages with established foreign empires that were at once alluring and threatening to English national interests and theatre audiences alike. The findings of this qualitative analysis will shed light on how England's cultural, commercial, and colonial interests in (and anxieties about) non-European geographical locations shaped key developments in drama and theatre.