Shakespeare's As You Like It: Late Elizabethan Culture and Literary Representation

Shakespeare's As You Like It: Late Elizabethan Culture and Literary Representation

by Maurice A. Hunt
     
 

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In the first ever book-length study of the popular Shakespearean comedy As You Like It, Hunt demonstrates how the play represented issues of interest to playgoers at the time the play was written, as well as speculatively to Shakespeare himself. Utilizing six different contemporary perspectives ranging from ideas of the gentleman to Judeo-Christian conceptions, Hunt… See more details below

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In the first ever book-length study of the popular Shakespearean comedy As You Like It, Hunt demonstrates how the play represented issues of interest to playgoers at the time the play was written, as well as speculatively to Shakespeare himself. Utilizing six different contemporary perspectives ranging from ideas of the gentleman to Judeo-Christian conceptions, Hunt enables a better understanding of the play's original contexts of performance and interpretation.

About the Author:
Maurice A. Hunt is Research Professor of English, Baylor University

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"With their attention to the literary, social, and historical contexts of As You Like It, Hunt helps make sense of Shakespeare's witty but puzzling comedy. Throughout, Hunt is careful to demonstrate what is at stake for the play in relation to its late-Elizabethan origins."—Douglas Bruster, author of Shakespeare and the Question of Culture

"Well and engagingly written. Provides an interesting, original, and valuable approach to an important Shakespearean comedy which would interest scholars of Renaissance literature, drama, and Shakespeare in particular.”—Grace Tiffany, Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama, Western Michigan University and author of Love's Pilgrimage and Erotic Beasts and Social Monsters

“An engaging synthesis of alert scholarship and the virtuous ‘If’ (in Touchstone’s term) of historical imagination. Hunt persuasively reconstructs many of the social, literary, and personal contexts–including echoes of both Spenser and Jonson–in which Shakespeare first crafted the play and in which audiences first enjoyed it.”—Stephen M. Buhler, Professor of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230263192
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
02/05/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
0 MB

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