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Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jonathan Hart
    Pages 1-6
  3. Jonathan Hart
    Pages 7-33
  4. Jonathan Hart
    Pages 35-58
  5. Jonathan Hart
    Pages 59-73
  6. Jonathan Hart
    Pages 75-106
  7. Jonathan Hart
    Pages 107-127
  8. Jonathan Hart
    Pages 129-150
  9. Jonathan Hart
    Pages 151-167
  10. Jonathan Hart
    Pages 169-185
  11. Jonathan Hart
    Pages 187-191
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 193-254

About this book


This book is concerned with language, genre, drama, and literary and historical narrative and examines the comedy of Shakespeare in the context of comedies from Italy, Spain, and France in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


drama England Renaissance William Shakespeare

About the authors

JONATHAN HART Director of Comparative Literature and Professor of English at University of Alberta, Canada. He has published books of poetry, literary criticism and theory, and history. His most recent book is Empires and Colonies and an edited collection, City of the End of Things.

Bibliographic information


" Shakespeare and His Contemporaries embraces a gamut of dramatists, not only Marlowe, Greene, and Jonson, but also Caldéron, Molière, Cervantes, Racine, and others. It shows how history and theory mix in the Elizabethan Age and how, too, in the age of global expansion, their relation to theater informs their world and ours. A book of immense scope and vision, it reads comedy and tragedy in the same breath, assuring us that the Bard's thespian and poetic heritage forever moves forward. Its elegantly close takes on works in English, French and Spanish draw us into a welter of four centuries of drama. Hart's impassioned and stunning book will be an enduring point of reference for us all." - Tom Conley, Lowell Professor of Romance Languages and Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University