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Shakespeare: Out of Court

Dramatizations of Court Society

  • Authors
  • Graham Holderness
  • Nick Potter
  • John Turner
Book

Part of the Contemporary Interpretations of Shakespeare book series (CIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. John Turner
      Pages 1-12
  3. The Court and the New Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Graham Holderness, Nick Potter, John Turner
      Pages 15-18
    3. Graham Holderness, Nick Potter, John Turner
      Pages 19-48
    4. Graham Holderness, Nick Potter, John Turner
      Pages 49-79
  4. Idealized Courts and Dreams of Freedom

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Graham Holderness, Nick Potter, John Turner
      Pages 83-85
    3. Graham Holderness, Nick Potter, John Turner
      Pages 86-104
    4. Graham Holderness, Nick Potter, John Turner
      Pages 105-121
    5. Graham Holderness, Nick Potter, John Turner
      Pages 122-125
  5. Late Romances: Magic, Majesty and Masque

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Graham Holderness, Nick Potter, John Turner
      Pages 129-135
    3. Graham Holderness, Nick Potter, John Turner
      Pages 136-194
    4. Graham Holderness, Nick Potter, John Turner
      Pages 195-235
  6. Endgames

    1. Graham Holderness
      Pages 236-248
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 249-266

About this book

Introduction

This book examines six plays by Shakespeare (Love's Labour's Lost, Hamlet, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest) as dramatizations of the Renaissance court in its developing history - a history searched by Shakespeare to disclose its most characteristic gains and losses. For these plays do not simply celebrate Tudor and Stuart rule: they scrutinize it too, in the centre of its institutional theatre of power, the court. This book shows how, if the plays came into the court, the court also came into the plays, with its most salient features - its competitiveness, its inner tensions and its contradictions, its language, its cultural life and its entertainments - exposed to the scrutiny of an art-form that proved itself to be a new mode of historical understanding.

Keywords

drama freedom Hamlet history history of literature language liberty play Renaissance society theatre understanding wilderness William Shakespeare

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