Wooden Os is a study of the presence of trees and wood in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries a in plays set within forests, in character dialogue, and in props and theatre constructions. Vin Nardizzi connects these themes to the dependence, and surprising ecological impact, of Londonas commercial theatre industry on Englandas woodlands, the primary resource required to build all structures in early modern England. Wooden Os situates the theatre within an environmental history that witnessed a perceived scarcity of wood and timber that drove up prices, as well as statute law prohibiting the devastation of English woodlands and urgent calls for the remedying of a resource shortage that was feared would result in eco-political collapse. By considering works including Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, the revised Spanish Tragedy, and The Tempest, Nardizzi demonstrates how the atreesa within them were used in imaginative ways to mediate Englandas resource crisis.Shakespearea#39;s Theatres and Englanda#39;s Trees Vin Nardizzi ... Part Two 2.4.257) is , after all, a figure who is aconveyed out of [Forda#39;s] housea in a laundry basket and then chucked into the Thames in Merry Wives ... Although the recycling of the Theatrea#39;s timbers for use in the construction of the Globe could earn this institution a place in the halls of environmentalism, we should recall that the initial erection of the Theatre would have left a large imprint on English woodlands in just thoseanbsp;...
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