Overview

While many things about Shakespeare's life are unknown, certainly, like everyone else, he had a family. This book gathers into a single source as much information as possible concerning Shakespeare's immediate family, from his grandfathers on the maternal and paternal sides to his granddaughter, the last member of his direct family line. But readers may ask, to what extent did the relationships in the plays reflect the actual familial structures of Shakespeare's day? To what extent did Shakespeare experience ...
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Shakespeare's Family

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Overview

While many things about Shakespeare's life are unknown, certainly, like everyone else, he had a family. This book gathers into a single source as much information as possible concerning Shakespeare's immediate family, from his grandfathers on the maternal and paternal sides to his granddaughter, the last member of his direct family line. But readers may ask, to what extent did the relationships in the plays reflect the actual familial structures of Shakespeare's day? To what extent did Shakespeare experience personally the familial dynamics he wrote of so eloquently? And to what extent were Shakespeare's own family experiences typical or atypical of other Elizabethan or Jacobean families? These questions can be addressed because more is known of Shakespeare's family than of the families of any of his fellow writers and actors. For several generations members of Shakespeare's family were important local figures in and around Stratford-Upon-Avon, and, fortunately, from the middle ages until the present day Stratford-Upon-Avon is one of the best documented towns in England. In vivid detail, Pogue provides an overview of the various members of Shakespeare's family and, where possible, draws conclusions concerning Shakespeare's relationships with his various family members. Further, the author notes to what extent Shakespeare's family experiences were typical or atypical of the time, and includes at the end of each chapter a discussion of scenes from Shakespeare's plays presenting the relevant familial relationship, juxtaposing the relational scenes he wrote with what we know of his own experience. Such a comparison impresses us once again not just with his skill at holding the mirror up tothe nature of his time, but with the imaginative insight into humanity that lay at the heart of his dramatic genius.
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"A skeptical reader might turn away from such a work, but in fact the book has value. Few studies more candidly illustrate the 'vertiginous expanse' between the 'sublimity' of the literary oeuvre and the 'mundane inconsequence' (to borrow Samuel SchoenbauM&Apos;s apt phraseology) of the documentary life of the alleged author…Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty."

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"Absorbing and informative, this is one of those unusual books that has a place either on your office bookshelf or on your coffee table at home."

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Studies in English Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275995119
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 365 KB

Meet the Author

KATE EMERY POGUE is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Drama, University of Houston- Downtown. She is a playwright, Shakespearean actress, teacher, producer, and director. For ten years she was the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare-by-the-Book Festival. In addition to the 14 productions she directed for that company, she has directed for the Houston Shakespeare Festival, Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame, Bucknell University, Houston Community College, and the University of Houston-Downtown. She founded and for 20 years was head of the Drama Department at Houston Community College Central College, and on a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, she was one of 18 teachers selected nationwide to participate in the Folger Shakespeare Library's Teaching Shakespeare through Performance project. She is the author of Shakespeare's Friends (Praeger, 2006).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Family Life in the Age of Shakespeare

Pt. I Shakespeare's Family of Origin

1 Shakespeare's Grandfathers 3

2 Shakespeare's Father 10

3 Shakespeare's Uncle 25

4 Shakespeare's Mother 32

5 Shakespeare's Brothers 42

6 Shakespeare's Sisters 52

Pt. II Shakespeare's Nuclear Family

7 Shakespeare's Wife 57

8 Shakespeare's Children 68

9 Shakespeare's Sons-in-Law 83

10 Shakespeare's Grandchildren 92

Pt. III Shakespeare's Extended Family

11 Shakespeare's Aunts 101

12 Shakespeare's Cousins 108

13 Shakespeare's In-Laws: The Hathaways 116

14 Shakespeare's Hart Nephews and Niece 121

15 Conclusion 124

Pt. IV Shakespeare's Families in His Work

16 Family Relationships in Shakespeare's Plays 133

Appendices

App. A Family Relationships in the Plays 155

App. B Stratford: Plays and Players 162

App. C Katherine and Petruchio, Journey to a Happy Marriage 170

Notes 179

Selected Bibliography 199

Index 205

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