English Drama 1586-1642: The Age of Shakespeare

English Drama 1586-1642: The Age of Shakespeare

by G. K. Hunter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198122136

ISBN-13: 9780198122135

Pub. Date: 07/31/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Shakespeare is usually set apart from his contemporaries, in kind no less than quality. This book, the long-awaited final volume in the Oxford History of English Literature, sees Elizabethan drama as drawn together by a shared need to deal with contradictory pressures from heterogeneous audiences, censorious authorities, profit driven managers, and authors looking

Overview

Shakespeare is usually set apart from his contemporaries, in kind no less than quality. This book, the long-awaited final volume in the Oxford History of English Literature, sees Elizabethan drama as drawn together by a shared need to deal with contradictory pressures from heterogeneous audiences, censorious authorities, profit driven managers, and authors looking for classic status and social esteem. Hunter follows the compromises and contradictions of the Elizabethan repertory, examining how Shakespeare and his fellow dramatists were able to move easily from vulgar realism to poetic transcendence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198122135
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/31/1997
Series:
Oxford History of English Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.81(h) x 1.53(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations x(1)
Note on the Text xi(1)
Map
xii
1. INTRODUCTION
1(6)
2. PRECONDITIONS OF ELIZABETHAN DRAMA
7(15)
3. THE EMERGENCE OF THE UNIVERSITY WITS: EARLY TRAGEDY
22(71)
4. EARLY COMEDY
93(62)
5. EARLY HISTORY PLAYS
155(74)
6. LATER HISTORY PLAYS
229(50)
7. THE BOY ACTORS AND THE NEW DRAMATURGY
279(80)
8. LATER COMEDY
359(59)
9. LATER TRAGEDY
418(79)
10. TRAGICOMEDY
497(28)
Appendix: Entries, Masques, Jigs 525(9)
Brief Biographies 534(10)
Chronology 544(34)
Select Bibliography and List of Plays 578(33)
Index 611

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