Action and Accent: Voice, Gesture, Body, and Mind

Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)


In the previous chapter, I surveyed a wide range of the material elements that made up the distributed cognitive system of the early modern theatre. This chapter takes up two further crucial elements: the language of the play and the bodies of the actors as they delivered the verse and graced it with their gestures. In the technical language of the period, derived from the classical rhetorical tradition, these twin arts were referred to as “accent and action.” “Accent” comprised pronunciation, or the technical art of speaking the verse, while “action” refers to gesture and the movement of the body.


Precise Word Early Modern Period Cognitive Artifact Verbatim Memorization Early Play 
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© Evelyn B. Tribble 2011

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