Introduction: Disability in Early Modern Theatre

  • Susan L. Anderson Sheffield Hallam University


The introduction to this selection of essays briefly outlines the recent flourishing of scholarship in disability studies and its perhaps rather belated entry into the field of early modern drama. It discusses the broader opportunities presented by synthesizing developments in disability theory with research on early modern theatre and argues for the vital importance of historical disability scholarship. While introducing some of the directions that disability scholarship on early modern theatre might take, this introduction argues that studying early modern disability offers innovative ways of imagining difference in bodies and minds both in the past and now.

Author Biography

Susan L. Anderson, Sheffield Hallam University

Susan L. Anderson ( is principal lecturer in English and head of English at Sheffield Hallam University.

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