Shakespeare's Festive World: Elizabethan Seasonal Entertainment and the Professional Stage / Edition 1

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François Laroque's new perspective on Shakespeare's relation to popular culture has quickly become a classic of scholarship. Available now in paperback, the book opens new possibilities for Shakespeare studies, revealing the connections between his plays and the folklore, customs, games, and celebrations of the Elizabethan festive tradition. This acclaimed study shows how Shakespeare mingled popular culture with aristocratic and royal forms of entertainment in ways that combined or clashed to produce new meaning.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[Laroque] has performed a service to the scholarly community in restoring history to the New Historicism. The publication of Shakespeare's Festive World is something to celebrate." London Review of Books

"One of those rare books which teaches us to think like a person of a different culture... A lucid and imaginative book which combines an impressive breadth of knowledge with sensitivity to detail." Cahiers Elizabéthains

"It will be very influential on the continuing effort to define Shakespeare's relation to the popular culture of his age." The Shakespeare Newsletter

"French scholarship teaches us ample European perspectives for Shakespeare's Renaissance art, and François Laroque has the rare ability to move gracefully between the ritual history of theatre and the fine detail of the plays." Philip Brockbank

"...a splendid and scholarly evocation of the Elizabethan response to time....[T]his book is a dense and satisfying survey of the temporal world that Shakespeare experienced and transformed." Ralph Berry, Dalhousie Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521457866
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Series: European Studies in English Literature Series
  • Edition description: First Paperback Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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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