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Constructing 'Monsters' In Shakespearean Drama And Early Modern Culture

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Constructing 'Monsters' in Shakespearean Drama and Early Modern Culture argues for the crucial place of the 'monster' in the early modern imagination. The author traces the metaphorical significance of 'monstrous' forms across a range of early modern exhibition spaces - fairground displays, 'cabinets of curiosity' and court entertainments - to contend that the 'monster' finds its most intriguing manifestation in the investments and practices of contemporary theater. The study's new readings of Shakespeare, ...

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Overview

Constructing 'Monsters' in Shakespearean Drama and Early Modern Culture argues for the crucial place of the 'monster' in the early modern imagination. The author traces the metaphorical significance of 'monstrous' forms across a range of early modern exhibition spaces - fairground displays, 'cabinets of curiosity' and court entertainments - to contend that the 'monster' finds its most intriguing manifestation in the investments and practices of contemporary theater. The study's new readings of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Jonson make a powerful case for the drama's contribution to debates about the 'extraordinary body'.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333914342
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/18/2003
  • Series: Early Modern Literature in History
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,005,229
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Thornton Burbanett is Lecturer in English at Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland.

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Table of Contents

Mapping 'Monsters'
• The Strangest Man that Ever Nature Made: Manufacturing 'Monsters' in Tamburlaine the Great
• 'Monsters' and 'Molas': Body Politics in Richard III
• As it is Credibly Thought: Conceiving 'Monsters' in Othello
Were I in England Now: Localizing 'Monsters' in The Tempest
• If There be Never a Servant-Monster: Translating 'Monsters' in Bartholomew Fair

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