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Shakespeare, out of court: dramatizations of court society

Shakespeare, out of court: dramatizations of court society

Holderness, Graham; Turner, John, 1944-; Potter, Nick, 1950-

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

Book. English.
Published London: Macmillan, c1990
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Statement of responsibility: Graham Holderness, Nick Potter and John Turner
ISBN: 033347435X, 9780333474358
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: [280]p. ; 22cm.
Series: Contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare
Subject: Great Britain History James I, 1603-1625.; Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.; Great Britain Court and courtiers.
Series Title: Contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare

Contents

  1. Introduction; J.Turner
  2. PART 1: THE COURT AND THE NEW LEARNING; J.Turner
  3. Prologue: 'Of Studies' and Play
  4. Love's Labour's Lost: The Court at Play
  5. Hamlet: The Court in Transition (I)
  6. PART 2: IDEALIZED COURTS AND DREAMS OF FREEDOM; N.Potter
  7. Wildness and Wilderness: Alternatives to Courtly Life
  8. As You Like It: The Outlaw Court
  9. Twelfth Night: The Court in Transition (II)
  10. Afterword: 'For the rain it raineth every day'
  11. PART 3: LATE ROMANCES: MAGIC, MAJESTY AND MASQUE; G.Holderness
  12. Introduction: Theatre and Court
  13. The Tempest: Spectacles of Disenchantment
  14. The Winter's Tale: Country into Court
  15. Endgames; G.Holderness
  16. Notes
  17. Index