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.
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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.
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English Court Theatre, 1558-1642

Author: John H. Astington

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521030064

Category: Drama

Page: 293

View: 1139

A full account of court theatre in the Elizabethan and Stuart periods.
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Shakespeare, Court Dramatist

Author: Richard Dutton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191083321

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 6781

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.
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Shakespeare's Common Prayers

The Book of Common Prayer and the Elizabethan Age

Author: Daniel Swift

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199976937

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 1915

Societies and entire nations draw their identities from certain founding documents, whether charters, declarations, or manifestos. The Book of Common Prayer figures as one of the most crucial in the history of the English-speaking peoples. First published in 1549 to make accessible the devotional language of the late Henry the VIII's new church, the prayer book was a work of monumental religious, political, and cultural importance. Within its rituals, prescriptions, proscriptions, and expressions were fought the religious wars of the age of Shakespeare. This diminutive book--continuously reformed and revised--was how that age defined itself. In Shakespeare's Common Prayers, Daniel Swift makes dazzling and original use of this foundational text, employing it as an entry-point into the works of England's most celebrated writer. Though commonly neglected as a source for Shakespeare's work, Swift persuasively and conclusively argues that the Book of Common Prayer was absolutely essential to the playwright. It was in the Book's ambiguities and its fierce contestations that Shakespeare found the ready elements of drama: dispute over words and their practical consequences, hope for sanctification tempered by fear of simple meaninglessness, and the demand for improvised performance as compensation for the failure of language to fulfill its promises. What emerges is nothing less than a portrait of Shakespeare at work: absorbing, manipulating, reforming, and struggling with the explosive chemistry of word and action that comprised early modern liturgy. Swift argues that the Book of Common Prayer mediates between the secular and the devotional, producing a tension that makes Shakespeare's plays so powerful and exceptional. Tracing the prayer book's lines and motions through As You Like It, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Othello, and particularly Macbeth, Swift reveals how the greatest writer of the age--of perhaps any age--was influenced and guided by its most important book.
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The Masks of Anthony and Cleopatra

Author: Marvin Rosenberg

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874139242

Category: Drama

Page: 605

View: 4016

The Masks of Anthony and Cleopatra follows the pattern of Marvin Rosenberg's four earlier Masks books and offers a sensitive interpretation of the play based on extensive reading of both literary criticism and performance reviews. In the middle of this play of clashing values and great conflicting personalities, the unhappy Octavia - sister of the ambitious Octavius Caesar and newly married to the heroic Mark Anthony - sums up the ambiguity of her divided world in her heart-wrenching lament: Husband win, win brother, Prays and destroys the prayer; no midway 'Twixt these extremes at all. In his analysis, Marvin Rosenberg sets out to steer a path between the "extremes" of Rome and Egypt and all they stand for: and to explore the relentless "to and back" confrontation of their different sets of values which leads ultimately to destruction. What his study reveals is a world of endless oppositions and ambiguities. Reason (policy and expediency) is pitted against emotion (love and enduring relationship); the personal and private is balanced against the public and universal; the human is juxtaposed with the divine, the heroic set against the mundane and petty. Great complex characters oppose each other and are divided within themselves, both on the wide stage of the world and within their own personalities. The language is full of antithesis and oxymorons: and the most magnificent poetry is placed alongside the most simple and moving of expressions.
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Renaissance Perspectives

Author: Jan Lloyd Jones, Grahan Callum

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781740971102

Category: History

Page: N.A

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King Henry VIII

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521228763

Category: Drama

Page: 191

View: 6689

Lively, instructive access to Shakespeare's rich and complex works.
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Region, Religion and Patronage

Lancastrian Shakespeare

Author: Richard Dutton,Alison Findlay,Richard Wilson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 258

View: 1658

Exploring the network of social, political and spiritual connections in north west England during Shakespeare's formative years, this text discusses how the cultural context in which the apprentice dramatist worked may have shaped him as an artist. It provides readings of Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and explores the position of Lancashire as a Catholic stronghold and home to Counter-Refomation missionaries in opposition to the attempts of central government to create a united state. The text also introduces the reader to the non-metropolitan theatre spaces which formed a vital part of Early Modern dramatic activity.
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Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English literature

Page: N.A

View: 8321

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."
Posted in English literature

Tragedy's Insights

Identity, Polity, Theodicy

Author: Luis Rene Gámez

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780933951853

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 1447

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Magic, Science, Technology, and Literature

Author: Jarmila Mildorf,Hans Ulrich Seeber,Martin Windisch

Publisher: Lit Verlag

ISBN: 9783825893118

Category: Social Science

Page: 267

View: 4624

Posted in Social Science

Books in Print

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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Books in print is the major source of information on books currently published and in print in the United States. The database provides the record of forthcoming books, books in-print, and books out-of-print.
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The British National Bibliography

Author: Arthur James Wells

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English literature

Page: N.A

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Posted in English literature

Subject Guide to Books in Print

An Index to the Publishers' Trade List Annual

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

View: 5794

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The Facts About Shakespeare

Author: Wlilliam Allan Neilson, Ph.d

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature

Author: Margaret Drabble

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1154

View: 8826

Contains alphabetically arranged entries on authors, characters, and works from the world of English literature
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Author: William Shakespeare,Barbara A. Mowat,Paul Werstine

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671039547

Category: Drama

Page: 245

View: 1383

A thoroughly researched, illustrated stage history reveals changing conceptions of the play.
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