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Poetry, History, and Culture

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Jonathan Hart
      Pages 1-13
  3. Poetry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Jonathan Hart
      Pages 17-28
    3. Jonathan Hart
      Pages 29-43
    4. Jonathan Hart
      Pages 45-70
  4. Culture and History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Jonathan Hart
      Pages 73-87
    3. Jonathan Hart
      Pages 89-98
    4. Jonathan Hart
      Pages 99-120
    5. Jonathan Hart
      Pages 173-191
    6. Jonathan Hart
      Pages 193-203
    7. Jonathan Hart
      Pages 205-210
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 211-268

About this book


In this stunning reinterpretation of Shakespeare s works, Jonathan Hart explores key topics such as love, lust, time, culture, and history to unlock the Bard s brilliant fictional worlds. From an in-depth look at the private and public myths of love in the narrative poems, through an examination of time in the sonnets, to a discussion of gender in the major history plays, this book offers close readings and new perspectives. Delving into the text and context of a wide range of poems and plays, Hart brings his wealth of experience to bear on Shakespeare s representation of history.


culture England gender history history of literature Italy Lighting poetry William Shakespeare

About the authors

JONATHON HART is Director of Comparative Literature and Professor of English at University of Alberta, Canada.

Bibliographic information


“I am happy to have this volume on my shelves because it contains edited, student-accessible texts of a number of plays that would otherwise be more difficult to read and teach: this is a major publication in the area of non-Shakespearean drama, even if relation to Shakespeare is both its organizing principle and its commercial selling point.” (SEL Studies in English Literature, Vol. 56 (2), 2016)