Between Poetry and Performance

  1. W. B. Worthen

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/

Drama: Between Poetry and Performance

Drama: Between Poetry and Performance

How to Cite

Worthen, W. B. (2009) Introduction, in Drama: Between Poetry and Performance, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 18 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405153416

Online ISBN: 9781444317374



  • between poetry and performance;
  • Shakespeare's plays - changing cultural relationship between Western drama and complex technologies;
  • Shakespeare plays for theatre and culture - transformation from orality to literacy;
  • centrality of Shakespeare to English-language literary and theatre studies - drama in print culture;
  • drama occupying a no-man's land between print, making of books, and social dissemination of literature;
  • technologies of writing and performing – grasped metaphorically;
  • information culture, asserting notion that material platform is irrelevant to information it displays;
  • digital technology on print - undoing implied “information-logic” of print;
  • Dramatic tools, performance technologies


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Shakespeare 3.0

  • Images of Writing/Metaphors of Performance

  • Agencies of Drama: Burke, Poetry, and Performance