English Drama 1586-1642: The Age of Shakespeare

English Drama 1586-1642: The Age of Shakespeare

by G. K. Hunter
     
 

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

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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
Note on the Text
Map
1Introduction1
2Preconditions of Elizabethan Drama7
3The Emergence of the University Wits: Early Tragedy22
4Early Comedy93
5Early History Plays155
6Later History Plays229
7The Boy Actors and the New Dramaturgy279
8Later Comedy359
9Later Tragedy418
10Tragicomedy497
AppEntries, Masques, Jigs525
Brief Biographies534
Chronology544
Select Bibliography and List of Plays578
Index611

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