Drama and the Market in the Age of Shakespeare

Drama and the Market in the Age of Shakespeare

by Douglas Bruster
     
 

ISBN-10: 052160706X

ISBN-13: 9780521607063

Pub. Date: 01/27/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Douglas Bruster's provocative study of English Renaissance drama explores its links with Elizabethan and Jacobean economy and society, looking at the status of playwrights such as Shakespeare and the establishment of commercial theatres. He identifies in the drama a materialist vision which has its origins in the climate of uncertainty engendered by the rapidly

Overview

Douglas Bruster's provocative study of English Renaissance drama explores its links with Elizabethan and Jacobean economy and society, looking at the status of playwrights such as Shakespeare and the establishment of commercial theatres. He identifies in the drama a materialist vision which has its origins in the climate of uncertainty engendered by the rapidly expanding economy of London. His examples range from the economic importance of cuckoldry to the role of stage props as commodities, and the commercial significance of the Troy story in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, and he offers new ways of reading English Renaissance drama, by returning the theatre and the plays performed there, to its basis in the material world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521607063
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/27/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

1. Towards a material theatre; 2. Drama and the Age; 3. 'City comedy' and the materialist vision; 4. Horns of plenty: cuckoldry and capital; 5. The objects of farce: identity and commodity; 6. The farce of objects: Othello to Bartholomew Fair; 7. 'The alteration of men': Troilus and Cressida, Troynovant, and trade.

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