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Jonson Versus Bakhtin

Jonson Versus Bakhtin [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9789042011748
Author: Rocco Coronato
Publisher: Rodopi
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Jonson Versus Bakhtin by Rocco Coronato Book Resume:

Contents: 1. Carnival of sorts. - 2. Sejanus plays antics. - 3. Catiline's spoiled party. - 4. 'A silent woman' is hard to find. - 5. Fair time for pigs and kings. - 6. A well-timed carnival. - 7. Potted Gods and poets. - 8. The island of Mardigras.

Laughter in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times

Laughter in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3110245485
Author: Albrecht Classen
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
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Laughter in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times by Albrecht Classen Book Resume:

Despite popular opinions of the ‘dark Middle Ages’ and a ‘gloomy early modern age,’ many people laughed, smiled, giggled, chuckled, entertained and ridiculed each other. This volume demonstrates how important laughter had been at times and how diverse the situations proved to be in which people laughed, and this from late antiquity to the eighteenth century. The contributions examine a wide gamut of significant cases of laughter in literary texts, historical documents, and art works where laughter determined the relationship among people. In fact, laughter emerges as a kaleidoscopic phenomenon reflecting divine joy, bitter hatred and contempt, satirical perspectives and parodic intentions. In some examples protagonists laughed out of sheer happiness and delight, in others because they felt anxiety and insecurity. It is much more difficult to detect premodern sculptures of laughing figures, but they also existed. Laughter reflected a variety of concerns, interests, and intentions, and the collective approach in this volume to laughter in the past opens many new windows to the history of mentality, social and religious conditions, gender relationships, and power structures.

Between Theater and Philosophy

Between Theater and Philosophy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780874137392
Author: Mathew R. Martin
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
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Between Theater and Philosophy by Mathew R. Martin Book Resume:

"Between Theater and Philosophy studies the aggressive, restless, and critical skepticism of the major city comedies of early modern English dramatists Ben Jonson and Thomas Middleton. The book places the city comedies in the context of the battle between theater and philosophy declared by Plato's expulsion of theater from his ideal republic."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Henry IV, Parts I and II

Henry IV, Parts I and II [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317534042
Author: David Bevington
Publisher: Routledge
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Henry IV, Parts I and II by David Bevington Book Resume:

Originally published in 1986. This volume points to the rich variety of critical responses to the Henry IV plays and their complexity. It includes selections from characteristic thought of the neoclassical age, character criticism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, historical and new criticism, theatrical interpretation and other pieces by the likes of Samuel Johnson and W. H. Auden. The editor’s introduction explains the collection’s relevance and puts the pieces in context. Several chapters look at the character of Falstaff and the changing response and critique through time. Organised chronologically, the collection then ends with two pieces of theatrical criticism.

Shakespearean Criticism

Shakespearean Criticism [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317532295
Author: Various
Publisher: Routledge
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Shakespearean Criticism by Various Book Resume:

Reissuing works originally published between 1984 and 1995, this set brings back into print early volumes from the Shakespearean Criticism Series originally edited by Joseph Price. The books present selections of renowned scholarship on each play, touching on performances as well as the dramatic literature. The pieces included are a mixture of influential historical criticism, more modern interpretations and enlightening reviews, most of which were published in wide-spread places before these compilations were first made. Companions to the plays, these books showcase critical opinion and scholarly debate.

The Lodger

The Lodger [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0141911875
Author: Charles Nicholl
Publisher: Penguin UK
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The Lodger by Charles Nicholl Book Resume:

In 1612 Shakespeare gave evidence at the Court of Requests in Westminster – it is the only occasion his spoken words are recorded. The case seems routine – a dispute over an unpaid marriage-dowry – but it opens up an unexpected window into the dramatist’s famously obscure life-story. Charles Nicholl applies a powerful biographical magnifying glass to this fascinating episode in Shakespeare’s life. Marshalling evidence from a wide variety of sources, including previously unknown documentary material on the Mountjoys, he conjures up a detailed and compelling description of the circumstances in which Shakespeare lived and worked, and in which he wrote such plays as Othello, Measure for Measure and King Lear.

Divinity and State

Divinity and State [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0191501565
Author: David Womersley
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Divinity and State by David Womersley Book Resume:

In 1589 the Privy Council encouraged the Archbishop of Canterbury to take steps to control the theatres, which had offended authority by putting on plays which addressed 'certen matters of Divinytie and of State unfitt to be suffred'. How had questions of divinity and state become entangled? The Reformation had invested the English Crown with supremacy over the Church, and religious belief had thus been transformed into a political statement. In the plentiful chronicle literature of the sixteenth-century, questions of monarchical legitimacy and religious orthodoxy became intertwined as a consequence of that demand for a usable national past created by the high political developments of the 1530s. Divinity and State explores the consequences of these events in the English historiography and historical drama of the sixteenth century. It is divided into four parts. In the first, the impact of reformed religion on narratives of the national past is measured and described. Part II examines how the entanglement of the national past and reformed religion was reflected in historical drama from Bale to the early years of James I, and focuses on two paradigmatic characters: the sanctified monarch and the martyred subject. Part III considers Shakespeare's history plays in the light of the preceding discussion, and finds that Shakespeare's career as a historical dramatist shows him eventually re-shaping the history play with great audacity. Part IV corroborates this reading of Shakespeare's later history plays by reference to the dramatic ripostes they provoked.

Some Facets of King Lear

Some Facets of King Lear [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1442654902
Author: Rosalie L. Colie,F.T. Flahiff
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
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Some Facets of King Lear by Rosalie L. Colie,F.T. Flahiff Book Resume:

The image of the prism, with its multiple refractions, offers some sense of the inexhaustible variety of a work of art. Like a prism, King Lear is attractive; like a prism, it is a multiply shaped thing; like a prism, it is an object of admiration, as well as an instrument of analysis. The essays in this book – forming neither a casebook nor a 'perplex' – were written because their authors wanted to understand something specific about this very complicated play. Throughout, the emphasis is on Shakespeare's consciousness of his craft, on his critical use of the materials, notions, and devices available to him – on the play (prism-like) as an instrument of analysis. Although the different contributors have occasionally influenced one another's readings of the play, the essays were written independently; that they are so mutually supportive is the result of the play's central insistence on its own primary meaning, visible from whatever perspective a serious reader may take.

Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, vol. 27

Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, vol. 27 [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0838644724
Author: S. P. Cerasano
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
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Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, vol. 27 by S. P. Cerasano Book Resume:

An international journal committed to the publication of essays and reviews relevant to drama and theatre history to 1642. This issue includes nine new articles and reviews of three books.

Ben Jonson's 'Dotages'

Ben Jonson's 'Dotages' [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0813187915
Author: Larry S. Champion
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
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Ben Jonson's 'Dotages' by Larry S. Champion Book Resume:

Although there has been a general revival of interest in Ben Jonson's dramatic work in the past twenty years, little critical effort has been directed to his late plays -- dismissed by John Dryden as the "dotages" of an aging mind. Through a close reading of The Devil Is an Ass, The Staple of News, The New Inn, and The Magnetic Lady in light of Jonson's own theories of comedy, author Larry S. Champion demonstrates that they reveal the same precise construction and dramatic control found in his acclaimed masterpieces. Furthermore, these works reflect Jonson's continued emphasis upon realism and satiric attack, though they may not be equal in quality or dramatic effectiveness. The brief and undistinguished stage runs of the late plays are not an accurate gauge of their dramatic merit. Rather than indicating an enfeebled mind, these late plays reveal Jonson to be a continuing innovator -- adapting the forms of the pastoral, the romance, and the morality play to the purposes of comic satire. Previous critics have charged that Jonson was merely desirous of regaining public favor at the expense of his artistic integrity. The present study suggests, however, that Jonson in these plays was in reality burlesqueing the popular fad of exaggerated romantic comedy, which he considered a degradation of the dramatic art.

Literature and Intellectual Disability in Early Modern England

Literature and Intellectual Disability in Early Modern England [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1000424995
Author: Alice Equestri
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Literature and Intellectual Disability in Early Modern England by Alice Equestri Book Resume:

Fools and clowns were widely popular characters employed in early modern drama, prose texts and poems mainly as laughter makers, or also as ludicrous metaphorical embodiments of human failures. Literature and Intellectual Disability in Early Modern England: Folly, Law and Medicine, 1500–1640 pays full attention to the intellectual difference of fools, rather than just their performativity: what does their total, partial, or even pretended ‘irrationality’ entail in terms of non-standard psychology or behaviour, and others’ perception of them? Is it possible to offer a close contextualised examination of the meaning of folly in literature as a disability? And how did real people having intellectual disabilities in the Renaissance period influence the representation and subjectivity of literary fools? Alice Equestri answers these and other questions by investigating the wide range of significant connections between the characters and Renaissance legal and medical knowledge as presented in legal records, dictionaries, handbooks, and texts of medicine, natural philosophy, and physiognomy. Furthermore, by bringing early modern folly in closer dialogue with the burgeoning fields of disability studies and disability theory, this study considers multiple sides of the argument in the historical disability experience: intellectual disability as a variation in the person and as a difference which both society and the individual construct or respond to. Early modern literary fools’ characterisation then emerges as stemming from either a realistic or also from a symbolical or rhetorical representation of intellectual disability.

Ben Jonson's 1616 Folio

Ben Jonson's 1616 Folio [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780874133844
Author: Jennifer Brady,Wyman H. Herendeen,University of Delaware Press,Associated University Presses
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
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Ben Jonson's 1616 Folio by Jennifer Brady,Wyman H. Herendeen,University of Delaware Press,Associated University Presses Book Resume:

This collection of nine original essays, is a major study of the 1616 Folio as a work of art, as a turning point in Jonson's career, and as an unprecedented event in English letters and printing.

Repertory of Shakespeare's Co. (c)

Repertory of Shakespeare's Co. (c) [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9781610753449
Author: Roslyn Lander Knutson
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
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Staging The Renaissance

Staging The Renaissance [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 131794979X
Author: David Scott Kastan,Peter Stallybrass
Publisher: Routledge
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Staging The Renaissance by David Scott Kastan,Peter Stallybrass Book Resume:

First published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Colonial Transformations

Colonial Transformations [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 113708099X
Author: R. Bach
Publisher: Springer
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Colonial Transformations by R. Bach Book Resume:

Colonial Transformations covers early modern English poetry and plays, Gaelic poetry, and a wide range of English colonial propaganda. In the book, Bach contends that England's colonial ambitions surface in all of its literary texts. Those texts played multiple roles in England's colonial expansions and emerging imperialism. Those roles included publicizing colonial efforts, defining some people as white and some as barbarians, constituting enduring stereotypes of native people, and resisting official versions of colonial encounters.

The Oxford Handbook of English Prose 1500-1640

The Oxford Handbook of English Prose 1500-1640 [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0191655074
Author: Andrew Hadfield
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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The Oxford Handbook of English Prose 1500-1640 by Andrew Hadfield Book Resume:

The Oxford Handbook of English Prose 1500-1640 is the only current overview of early modern English prose writing. The aim of the volume is to make prose more visible as a subject and as a mode of writing. It covers a vast range of material vital for the understanding of the period: from jestbooks, newsbooks, and popular romance to the translation of the classics and the pioneering collections of scientific writing and travel writing; from diaries, tracts on witchcraft, and domestic conduct books to rhetorical treatises designed for a courtly audience; from little known works such as William Baldwin's Beware the Cat, probably the first novel in English, to The Bible, The Book of Common Prayer and Richard Hooker's eloquent statement of Anglican belief, The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity. The work not only deals with the range and variety of the substance and types of English prose, but also analyses the forms and styles of writing adopted in the early modern period, ranging from the Euphuistic nature of prose fiction inaugurated by John Lyly's mannered novel, to the aggressive polemic of the Marprelate controversy; from the scatological humour of comic writing to the careful modulations of the most significant sermons of the age; and from the pithy and concise English essays of Francis Bacon to the ornate and meandering style of John Florio's translation of Montaigne's famous collection. Each essay provides an overview as well as comment on key passages, and a select guide to further reading.

Fictions of Credit in the Age of Shakespeare

Fictions of Credit in the Age of Shakespeare [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0192603507
Author: Laura Kolb
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Fictions of Credit in the Age of Shakespeare by Laura Kolb Book Resume:

In Shakespeare's England, credit was synonymous with reputation, and reputation developed in the interplay of language, conduct, and social interpretation. As a consequence, artful language and social hermeneutics became practical, profitable skills. Since most people both used credit and extended it, the dual strategies of implication and inference—of producing and reading evidence—were everywhere. Like poetry or drama, credit was constructed: fashioned out of the interplay of artifice and interpretation. The rhetorical dimension of economic relations produced social fictions on a range of scales: from transitory performances facilitating local transactions to the long-term project of maintaining creditworthiness to the generalized social indeterminacy that arose from the interplay of performance and interpretation. Fictions of Credit in the Age of Shakespeare examines how Shakespeare and his contemporaries represented credit-driven artifice and interpretation on the early modern stage. It also analyses a range of practical texts—including commercial arithmetics, letter-writing manuals, legal formularies, and tables of interest—which offered strategies for generating credit and managing debt. Looking at plays and practical texts together, Fictions of Credit argues that both types of writing constitute “equipment for living”: practical texts by offering concrete strategies for navigating England's culture of credit, and plays by exploring the limits of credit's dangers and possibilities. In their representations of a world re-written by debt relations, dramatic texts in particular articulate a phenomenology of economic life, telling us what it feels like to live in credit culture: to live, that is, inside a fiction.

Shakspeare and His Times: Including the Biography of the Poet; Criticisms on his Genius and Writings; a New Chronology of his Plays; a Disquisition on the Object of his Sonnets; and a History of the Manners, Customs, and Amusements, Superstitions, Poetry, and Elegant Literature of his Age (Complete)

Shakspeare and His Times: Including the Biography of the Poet; Criticisms on his Genius and Writings; a New Chronology of his Plays; a Disquisition on the Object of his Sonnets; and a History of the Manners, Customs, and Amusements, Superstitions, Poetry, and Elegant Literature of his Age (Complete) [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1465611568
Author: Nathan Drake
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
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Shakspeare and His Times: Including the Biography of the Poet; Criticisms on his Genius and Writings; a New Chronology of his Plays; a Disquisition on the Object of his Sonnets; and a History of the Manners, Customs, and Amusements, Superstitions, Poetry, and Elegant Literature of his Age (Complete) by Nathan Drake Book Resume:

William Shakspeare, the object almost of our idolatry as a dramatic poet, was born at Stratford-upon-Avon, in Warwickshire, on the 23d of April, 1564, and he was baptized on the 26th of the same month. Of his family, not much that is certain can be recorded; but it would appear, from an instrument in the College of Heralds, confirming the grant of a coat of arms to John Shakspeare in 1599, that his great grandfather had been rewarded by Henry the Seventh, "for his faithefull and approved service, with lands and tenements given to him in those parts of Warwickshire, where," proceeds this document, "they have continued by some descents in good reputation and credit." Notwithstanding this assertion, however, no such grant, after a minute examination, made by Mr. Malone in the chapel of the Rolls, has been discovered; whence we have reason to infer, that the heralds have been mistaken in their statement, and that the bounty of the monarch was directed through a different channel. From the language, indeed, of two rough draughts of a prior grant of arms to John Shakspeare in 1596, it is probable that the service alluded to was of a military cast, for it is there expressly said, that he was rewarded "for his faithful andvaliant service," a term, perhaps, implying the heroism of our poet's ancestor in the field of Bosworth. That the property, thus bestowed upon the family of Shakspeare, descended to John, the father of the poet, and contributed to his influence and respectability, there is no reason to doubt. From the register, indeed, and public writings relating to Stratford, Mr. Rowe has justly inferred, that the Shakspeares were of good figure and fashion there, and were considered as gentlemen. We may presume, however, that the patrimony of Mr. John Shakspeare, the parent of our great dramatist, was not very considerable, as he found the profits of business necessary to his support. He was, in fact, a wool-stapler, and, there is reason to suppose, in a large way; for he was early chosen a member of the corporation of his town, a situation usually connected with respectable circumstances, and soon after, he filled the office of high bailiff or chief magistrate of that body. The record of these promotions has been thus given from the books of the corporation.

Shakespeare and the Rival Playwrights, 1600-1606

Shakespeare and the Rival Playwrights, 1600-1606 [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1134953925
Author: David Farley-Hills
Publisher: Routledge
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Shakespeare and the Rival Playwrights, 1600-1606 by David Farley-Hills Book Resume:

David Farley-Hills argues that Shakespeare did not work in splendid isolation, but responded as any other playwright to the commercial and artistic pressures of his time. In this book he offers an interpretation of seven of Shakespeare's plays in the light of pressures exerted by his major contemporary rivals. The plays discussed are Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, All's Well That Ends Well, Othello, Measure for Measure, Timon of Athens, and King Lear.