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Metatheater in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama : four forms of theatrical self-reflexivity / Hsiang-chun Chu ; with a foreword by Ching-Hsi Perng.

Bibliography, etc. note: Includes bibliographical references and index. Formatted contents note: Part I: Role-playing -- "Forms to his conceit": the dynamics of role-playing -- Seeming or being: expressions of feelings in Hamlet -- "The cackle of skulls": role-playing and comic metatheatricality in the Revenger's tragedy -- Part II: playwright-characters -- Playwright-characters and the power of illusion -- Doctor Faustus: the legacy of the devil -- Jouissance of play-writing in Othello -- Part III: inset-plays -- "The play's the thing": definition and variations of inset-plays -- The "shaping fantasies" in the Taming of the shrew, the Spanish tragedy and A midsummer night's dream -- "By indirections find directions out": theater, metatheater, Hamlet -- Part IV: audience perception and self-reflexivity -- Audience perception: engagement and detachment -- The mirror of theater: self-reflexivity and the mirror metaphor -- Conclusion: the return of the theater's gaze.