Shakespeare, the Kings Playwright: Theater in the Stuart Court, 1603-1613

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September 1997



Eminent literary critic Alvin Kernan takes us back to the court performances of some of Shakespeare's most famous plays, showing how the courtly setting influenced the bard's work. Kernan argues that Shakespeare was a great dramatist whose plays commented on political and social concerns of his patrons and who adjusted his own art to pander to court needs. 30 illustrations.


Introduction - Shakespeare at the Stuart Court; Art and Theatre in the Service of the Leviathan State; Blood Revenge in Elsinore and in Holyrood - "Hamlet", Hampton Court, Christmas 1603; The King's Prerogative and the Law - "Measure for Measure", Whitehall, December 26th 1604; The Politics of Madness and Demonism - "Macbeth", Hampton Court, August 7th 1606; The True King - Lear, Whitehall, Christmas 1606; Sex and Favour in the Court - "Antony and Cleopatra", Whitehall, Christmas 1607; Military and the Court Aristocracies - Coriolanus, Whitehall, Christmas 1608; The King and the Poet - "The Tempest", Whitehall, Winter 1613; Shakespeare's Sonnets and Patronage Art; What the King Saw, What the Poet Wrote. Appendices: Theatrical Calendar of the King's Men, 1603-14; The Great Hall at Christ Church, Oxford, August 1605.
EAN: 9780300072587
ISBN: 0300072589
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 1997
Seitenanzahl: 258 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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