Shakespeare, Court Dramatist

Shakespeare, Court Dramatist

Uitgever: Oxford University Press

Auteur: Richard Dutton
  • Engels
  • Hardcover
  • 9780198777748
  • Druk: 1
  • april 2016
  • 334 pagina's
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Samenvatting

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.

Recensie(s)

It is a book that everyone interested in Shakespeares texts will want to read. * William R. Streitberger, Review of English Studies * Shakespeare, Court Dramatist is the work f a master scholar and merits careful attention from anyone interested in the history of English Renaissance drama. * Kevin Curran, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 * If the detail is sometimes overwhelming, his chapters are well-organized, and a helpful conclusions section summarizes this precise, provocative argument. Following Dutton, it seems that we are actually most likely to bump into a courtier at a Shakespeare play. * Emma Smith, Theatre Journal * draws together research and ideas from a long and distinguished career ... invite[s] us to think in new ways * Helen Hackett, Times Literary Supplement * Dutton has written a challenging, important book which should make us take the bad quartos more seriously on their own terms, resist uncritical acceptance of conflated texts and re-examine Shakespeares methods of composition. * Paul Dean, The Journal *

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Engels
Bindwijze
Hardcover
Druk
1
Verschijningsdatum
2016-04-07
Afmetingen
23,4 x 15,6 x 3,2 cm
Aantal pagina's
334 pagina's
Illustraties
Nee

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Auteur
Richard Dutton
Uitgever
Oxford University Press

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9780198777748

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Oorspronkelijke releasedatum
2016-04-21
Thema Qualifier Code
2ACB
Thema Subject Code
DSG

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