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Shakespeare and the Medieval World

Shakespeare and the Medieval World

by Helen Cooper
     
 

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Helen Cooper's unique study examines how continuations of medieval culture into the early modern period, forged Shakespeare's development as a dramatist and poet. Medieval culture pervaded his life and work, from his childhood, spent within reach of the last performances of the Coventry Corpus Christi plays, to his dramatisation of Chaucer in The Two Noble

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Helen Cooper's unique study examines how continuations of medieval culture into the early modern period, forged Shakespeare's development as a dramatist and poet. Medieval culture pervaded his life and work, from his childhood, spent within reach of the last performances of the Coventry Corpus Christi plays, to his dramatisation of Chaucer in The Two Noble Kinsmen three years before his death. The world he lived in was still largely a medieval one, in its topography and its institutions. The language he spoke had been forged over the centuries since the Norman Conquest. The genres in which he wrote, not least historical tragedy, love-comedy and romance, were medieval inventions. A high proportion of his plays have medieval origins and he kept returning to Chaucer, acknowledged as the greatest poet in the English language. Above all, he grew up with an English tradition of drama developed during the Middle Ages that assumed that it was possible to stage anything - all time, all space.
Shakespeare and the Medieval World provides a panoramic overview that opens up new vistas within his work and uncovers the richness of his inheritance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408172322
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
10/15/2012
Series:
Arden Critical Companions Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
790,047
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Helen Cooper is Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of The English Romance in Time: Transforming Motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare.

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