Shakespeare's Theory of Drama

Shakespeare's Theory of Drama

by Pauline Kiernan, Kiernan Pauline
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521633583

ISBN-13: 9780521633581

Pub. Date: 02/28/2013

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Why did Shakespeare write drama? Did he have specific reasons for his choice of this art form? Did he have clearly defined aesthetic aims in what he wanted drama to do--and why? Kiernan opens a new area of debate in showing that Shakespeare rejected many of the theories of his age on poetry, history and art to create an original theory of drama. This lively, readable,

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Why did Shakespeare write drama? Did he have specific reasons for his choice of this art form? Did he have clearly defined aesthetic aims in what he wanted drama to do--and why? Kiernan opens a new area of debate in showing that Shakespeare rejected many of the theories of his age on poetry, history and art to create an original theory of drama. This lively, readable, but scholarly examination of works from different stages of the dramatist's career explores what Shakespeare wanted his drama to do and why.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521633581
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
230
Sales rank:
826,420
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Shakespeare and Sidney. Two worlds: the brazen and the golden; 3. Shakespeare and Ovid: 'What strainèd touches rhetoric can lend': poetry metamorphosed in Venus and Adonis and the Sonnets; 4. 'In scorn of nature, art gave lifeless life': exposing art's sterility. The Rape of Lucrece, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest; 5. 'O'er-wrested seeming': dramatic illusion and the repudiation of mimesis: Love's Labour's Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet; 6. 'Thy registers and thee I both defy': history challenged: Richard III, Henry VIII, Henry V and Richard II; 7. Antony and Cleopatra as 'A defence of drama'.

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