Early Modern Dramatic Paratexts

Early Modern Dramatic Paratexts (EMDP) is a searchable, open-access online database of all paratextual materials in early modern English playbooks. 

Dramatic paratexts are extra-dramatic materials in printed playbooks such as title pages, cast lists, dedications, and commendatory poems. They are a valuable repository of primary evidence about all aspects of the conditions of production and reception of early modern drama.

EMDP Phase 1 (beta version launched April 2021) offers the first digital reference of all paratextual materials in early modern English playbooks from the emergence of print drama to the closure of the theatres in 1642. EMDP Phase 2 (in progress) will represent the first resource to offer all paratextual materials in English playbooks printed between 1642 and 1660.

 

How to Use Paratexts

Paratexts is designed to be intuitive and easy to use, but some aspects may require brief explanations. Detailed instructions can be found on the “How To Use” page.

History

EMDP is an expanded and digitized version of Thomas L. Berger and Sonia Massai’s Paratexts in English Printed Drama to 1642 (Cambridge University Press, 2014) which incorporates Heidi Craig’s work on dramatic paratexts printed between 1642 and 1660.

Sources

The main bibliographic source for EMDP is Thomas L. Berger and Sonia Massai, eds. Paratexts in English Printed Drama to 1642 (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

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