Shakespeare, the King's Playwright

Theater in the Stuart Court, 1603-1613
Author: Alvin B. Kernan
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300072587
Category: Drama
Page: 230
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Eminent literary critic Alvin Kernan takes us back to the court performances of some of Shakespeare's most famous plays, showing how the courtly setting influenced the bard's work. Kernan argues that Shakespeare was a great dramatist whose plays commented on political and social concerns of his patrons and who adjusted his own art to pander to court needs. 30 illustrations.

Shakespeare and Appropriation


Author: Christy Desmet,Robert Sawyer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134622619
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 256
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The vitality of our culture is still often measured by the status Shakespeare has within it. Contemporary readers and writers continue to exploit Shakespeare's cultural afterlife in a vivid and creative way. This fascinating collection of original essays shows how writers' efforts to imitate, contradict, compete with, and reproduce Shakespeare keep him in the cultural conversation. The essays: * analyze the methods and motives of Shakespearean appropriation * investigate theoretically the return of the repressed author in discussions of Shakespeare's cultural function * put into dialogue theoretical and literary responses to Shakespeare's cultural authority * analyze works ranging from nineteenth century to the present, and genres ranging from poetry and the novel to Disney movies.

English Court Theatre, 1558-1642


Author: John H. Astington
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521030064
Category: Drama
Page: 293
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A full account of court theatre in the Elizabethan and Stuart periods.

Poetica

Zeitschrift für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Literature
Page: N.A
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Ruin and Reformation in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Marvell


Author: Stewart Mottram
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019257342X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 256
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Ruin and Reformation in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Marvell explores writerly responses to the religious violence of the long reformation in England and Wales, spanning over a century of literature and history, from the establishment of the national church under Henry VIII (1534), to its disestablishment under Oliver Cromwell (1653). It focuses on representations of ruined churches, monasteries, and cathedrals in the works of a range of English Protestant writers, including Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, Herbert, Denham, and Marvell, reading literature alongside episodes in English reformation history: from the dissolution of the monasteries and the destruction of church icons and images, to the puritan reforms of the 1640s. The study departs from previous responses to literature's 'bare ruined choirs', which tend to read writerly ambivalence towards the dissolution of the monasteries as evidence of traditionalist, catholic, or Laudian nostalgia for the pre-reformation church. Instead, Ruin and Reformation shows how English protestants of all varieties—from Laudians to Presbyterians—could, and did, feel ambivalence towards, and anxiety about, the violence that accompanied the dissolution of the monasteries and other acts of protestant reform. The study therefore demonstrates that writerly misgivings about ruin and reformation need not necessarily signal an author's opposition to England's reformation project. In so doing, Ruin and Reformation makes an important contribution to cross-disciplinary debates about the character of English Protestantism in its formative century, revealing that doubts about religious destruction were as much a part of the experience of English protestantism as expressions of popular support for iconoclasm in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Shakespeare, Court Dramatist


Author: Richard Dutton
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191083321
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 320
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Shakespeare, Court Dramatist centres around the contention that the courts of both Elizabeth I and James I loomed much larger in Shakespeare's creative life than is usually appreciated. Richard Dutton argues that many, perhaps most, of Shakespeare's plays have survived in versions adapted for court presentation, where length was no object (and indeed encouraged) and rhetorical virtuosity was appreciated. The first half of the study examines the court's patronage of the theatre during Shakespeare's lifetime and the crucial role of its Masters of the Revels, who supervised all performances there (as well as censoring plays for public performance). Dutton examines the emergence of the Lord Chamberlain's Men and the King's Men, to whom Shakespeare was attached as their 'ordinary poet', and reviews what is known about the revision of plays in the early modern period. The second half of the study focuses in detail on six of Shakespeare's plays which exist in shorter, less polished texts as well as longer, more familiar ones: Henry VI Part II and III, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Hamlet, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Shakespeare, Court Dramatist argues that they are not cut down from those familiar versions, but poorly-reported originals which Shakespeare revised for court performance into what we know best today. More localised revisions in such plays as Titus Andronicus, Richard II, and Henry IV Part II can also best be explained in this context. The court, Richard Dutton argues, is what made Shakespeare Shakespeare.

Celtic Shakespeare

The Bard and the Borderers
Author: Dr Rory Loughnane,Professor Willy Maley
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1472408209
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 366
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Drawing together some of the leading academics in the field of Shakespeare studies, this volume examines the commonalities and differences in addressing a notionally 'Celtic' Shakespeare. Celtic contexts have been established for many of Shakespeare's plays, and there has been interest too in the ways in which Irish, Scottish and Welsh critics, editors and translators have reimagined Shakespeare, claiming, connecting with and correcting him. This collection fills a major gap in literary criticism by bringing together the best scholarship on the individual nations of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in a way that emphasizes cultural crossovers and crucibles of conflict. The volume is divided into three chronologically ordered sections: Tudor Reflections, Stuart Revisions and Celtic Afterlives. This division of essays directs attention to Shakespeare's transformed treatment of national identity in plays written respectively in the reigns of Elizabeth and James, but also takes account of later regional receptions and the cultural impact of the playwright's dramatic works. The first two sections contain fresh readings of a number of the individual plays, and pay particular attention to the ways in which Shakespeare attends to contemporary understandings of national identity in the light of recent history. Juxtaposing this material with subsequent critical receptions of Shakespeare's works, from Milton to Shaw, this volume addresses a significant critical lacuna in Shakespearean criticism. Rather than reading these plays from a solitary national perspective, the essays in this volume cohere in a wide-ranging treatment of Shakespeare's direct and oblique references to the archipelago, and the problematic issue of national identity.

Shakespeare Quarterly


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Electronic journals
Page: N.A
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Provides image and full-text online access to back issues. Consult the online table of contents for specific holdings.

Marxist Shakespeares


Author: Jean E. Howard,Scott Cutler Shershow
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134633041
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 320
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Marxist Shakespeares uses the rich analytic resources of the Marxist tradition to look at Shakespeare's plays afresh. The book offers new insights into the historical conditions within which Shakespeare's representations of class and gender emerged, and into Shakespeare's role in the global culture industry stretching from Hollywood to the Globe Theatre. A vital resource for students of Shakespeare which includes Marx's own readings of Shakespeare, Derrida on Marx, and also Bourdieu, Bataillle, Negri and Alice Clark.

Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: English literature
Page: N.A
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Issues focus "... on four fields of British literature which rotate quarterly as follows: winter--English Renaissance; spring--Tudor and Stuart drama; summer--Restoration and Eighteenth century; and autumn--Nineteenth century."

Shakespeare's legal language

a dictionary
Author: B. J. Sokol,Mary Sokol
Publisher: Athlone Pr
ISBN: 9780485115499
Category: Drama
Page: 497
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This encyclopedia-style dicitonary explores early modern social life, legal thought, and the interactions within Shakespearean drama.

"The true blank of thine eye"

Approches critiques de King Lear
Author: Pascale Drouet,Pierre Iselin
Publisher: PU Paris-Sorbonne
ISBN: N.A
Category: Lear, King (Legendary character), in literature
Page: 316
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Tragédie la plus sombre de Shakespeare, théâtre de la cruauté avant l'heure, sorte de " pastorale noire " où s'entrelacent sans relâche actes de filiation ratés et abus de pouvoir, King Lear continue d'inviter lecteurs et spectateurs à une réflexion sur l'orgueil et l'aveuglement, sur le don et la dette, sur l'ingratitude et l'insoutenable, sur la mise au ban et la mise à l'épreuve ; King Lear continue de fasciner par sa mise à nu sans complaisance des failles de l'humaine et de la folie qui en découle. Par ses approches critiques variées, le présent ouvrage tente de comprendre ce qui se joue dans King Lear, avec l'espoir d'en sonder peut-être quelques profondeurs.