Shakespeare, National Poet-Playwright

Author: Patrick Cheney,Patrick Gerard Cheney,Cheney Patrick

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521839235

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 319

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Shakespeare, National Poet-Playwright is an important book which reassesses Shakespeare as a poet and dramatist. Patrick Cheney contests critical preoccupation with Shakespeare as 'a man of the theatre' by recovering his original standing as an early modern author: he is a working dramatist who composes some of the most extraordinary poems in English. The book accounts for this form of authorship by reconstructing the historical preconditions for its emergence, in England as in Europe, including the building of the commercial theatres and the consolidation of the printing press. Cheney traces the literary origin to Shakespeare's favourite author, Ovid, who wrote the Amores and Metamorphoses alongside the tragedy Medea. Cheney also examines Shakespeare's literary relations with his contemporary authors Edmund Spenser and Christopher Marlowe. The book concentrates on Shakespeare's freestanding poems, but makes frequent reference to the plays, and ranges widely through the work of other Renaissance writers.
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Handbook of Intermediality

Literature – Image – Sound – Music

Author: Gabriele Rippl

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110311070

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 701

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This handbook offers students and researchers compact orientation in their study of intermedial phenomena in Anglophone literary texts and cultures by introducing them to current academic debates, theoretical concepts and methodologies. By combining theory with text analysis and contextual anchoring, it introduces students and scholars alike to a vast field of research which encompasses concepts such as intermediality, multi- and plurimediality, intermedial reference, transmediality, ekphrasis, as well as related concepts such as visual culture, remediation, adaptation, and multimodality, which are all discussed in connection with literary examples. Hence each of the 30 contributions spans both a theoretical approach and concrete analysis of literary texts from different centuries and different Anglophone cultures.
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Mixed Faith and Shared Feeling

Theater in Post-Reformation London

Author: Musa Gurnis

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812295188

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

View: 1943

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Mixed Faith and Shared Feeling explores the mutually generative relationship between post-Reformation religious life and London's commercial theaters. It explores the dynamic exchange between the imaginatively transformative capacities of shared theatrical experience, with the particular ideological baggage that individual playgoers bring into the theater. While early modern English drama was shaped by the polyvocal, confessional scene in which it was embedded, Musa Gurnis contends that theater does not simply reflect culture but shapes it. According to Gurnis, shared theatrical experience allowed mixed-faith audiences to vicariously occupy alternative emotional and cognitive perspectives across the confessional spectrum. In looking at individual plays, such as Thomas Middleton's A Game of Chess and Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, Gurnis shows how theatrical process can restructure playgoers' experiences of confessional material and interrupt dominant habits of religious thought. She refutes any assumption that audiences consisted of conforming Church of England Protestants by tracking the complex and changing religious lives of seventy known playgoers. Arguing against work that seeks to draw fixed lines of religious affiliation around individual playwrights or companies, she highlights the common practice of cross-confessional collaboration among playhouse colleagues. Mixed Faith and Shared Feeling demonstrates how post-Reformation representational practices actively reshaped the ways ideologically diverse Londoners accessed the mixture of religious life across the spectrum of beliefs.
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Who Was William Shakespeare?

An Introduction to the Life and Works

Author: Dympna Callaghan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118312279

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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A new study of Shakespeare’s life and times, whichilluminates our understanding and appreciation of his works. Combines an accessible fully historicised treatment of both thelife and the plays, suited to both undergraduate and popularaudiences Looks at 24 of the most significant plays and the sonnetsthrough the lens of various aspects of Shakespeare’s life andhistorical environment Addresses four of the most significant issues that shapedShakespeare’s career: education, religion, socialstatus, and theatre Examines theatre as an institution and the literary environmentof early modern London Explains and dispatches conspiracy theories aboutauthorship
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Poems

Third Series

Author: William Shakespeare,Katherine Duncan-Jones,H. R. Woudhuysen

Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA

ISBN: 9781903436868

Category: Drama

Page: 593

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In 1593 Shakespeare awoke and found himself famous. Lines from his comic, erotic, tragic poem Venus and Adonis were on everyoneÂ's lips.The appearance in 1594 of the darkly reflective and richly descriptive Rape of Lucrece confirmed his fame as 'Sweet Master Shakespeare', Elizabethan England's most brilliant non-dramatic poet. Shorter poems in this volume testify further to ShakespeareÂ's versatility and to his poetic fame. Some, like the much-debated Â'Phoenix and TurtleÂ', pose problems of meaning; others raise questions about authorship and authenticity. Detailed annotation and a full Introduction seek to resolve such difficulties while also locating Shakespeare's poems in their literary context, which includes his own career as a playwright.
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Shakespeare's Poems

Third Series

Author: William Shakespeare,Katherine Duncan-Jones,H. R. Woudhuysen

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1903436877

Category: Drama

Page: 593

View: 6713

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In 1593 Shakespeare awoke and found himself famous. Lines from his comic, erotic, tragic poem Venus and Adonis were on everyoneÂ's lips.The appearance in 1594 of the darkly reflective and richly descriptive Rape of Lucrece confirmed his fame as 'Sweet Master Shakespeare', Elizabethan England's most brilliant non-dramatic poet. Shorter poems in this volume testify further to ShakespeareÂ's versatility and to his poetic fame. Some, like the much-debated Â'Phoenix and TurtleÂ', pose problems of meaning; others raise questions about authorship and authenticity. Detailed annotation and a full Introduction seek to resolve such difficulties while also locating Shakespeare's poems in their literary context, which includes his own career as a playwright.
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