This book offers an exciting new perspective on Shakespeare's relation to popular culture.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Foreword Sir Keith Thomas; Preface; Part I. Introduction: Festivity During the Elizabethan Age: 1. Festivity and popular beliefs in the Elizabethan age; 2. Festivity and society in Shakespeare's time; 3. The calendar; 4. The cycle of calendary festivals; 5. The non-calendary festivals; Part II. Introduction: Some Anthropological and Historical Perspectives on Literary Analysis: 6. Festivity and dramatic structure: methodological problems; 7. Festivity and time in Shakespeare's plays; 8. Festivity and society in Shakespeare's plays; 9. Festivity and its images in Shakespeare's plays; 10. Othello and the festive traditions; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Appendix I: Calendars; Appendix II: Iconography; Index.
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