Julia Reinhard Lupton; Making Room, Affording Hospitality: Environments of Entertainment in Romeo and Juliet. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 1 January 2013; 43 (1): 145–172. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10829636-1902576
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This essay uses the concept of affordances, borrowed from design theory and environmental psychology, in order to map the use of space in act 1, scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet. Hospitality provides a socio-symbolic script for objects and persons in action that crosses theatrical and domestic spaces. Design ultimately concerns the passage between the arts of place-making and acts of thinking in Shakespeare’s dramatic poetry.