English Drama 1586-1642: The Age of Shakespeare

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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.

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G. K. Hunter is Emily Sandford Professor Emeritus at Yale University.

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Table of Contents

Note on the Text
1 Introduction 1
2 Preconditions of Elizabethan Drama 7
3 The Emergence of the University Wits: Early Tragedy 22
4 Early Comedy 93
5 Early History Plays 155
6 Later History Plays 229
7 The Boy Actors and the New Dramaturgy 279
8 Later Comedy 359
9 Later Tragedy 418
10 Tragicomedy 497
App Entries, Masques, Jigs 525
Brief Biographies 534
Chronology 544
Select Bibliography and List of Plays 578
Index 611
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