Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida and the Inns of Court Revels

Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida and the Inns of Court Revels

by William R. Elton
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859282148

ISBN-13: 9781859282144

Pub. Date: 02/01/2000

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

In this study, W. R. Elton's research places the play in the historical context of the Inns of Court law-revels tradition. By close analysis of the text, Elton demonstrates his belief that Troilus and Cressida was written specifically for an audience of law students and lawyers and that the play manifests many of the elements of a law-revel, including misrule,…  See more details below

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In this study, W. R. Elton's research places the play in the historical context of the Inns of Court law-revels tradition. By close analysis of the text, Elton demonstrates his belief that Troilus and Cressida was written specifically for an audience of law students and lawyers and that the play manifests many of the elements of a law-revel, including misrule, inversion, mock rhetoric and logic, and mock trials. In so doing, he provides explanations for many of the puzzling and mysterious elements that have previously baffled critics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859282144
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Texts cited
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
Pt. IFolly
1Burlesque, mock-epic and folly21
2Misrule, mundus inversus and degree46
Pt. IIAcademic
3Academic67
4Rhetoric76
5Logic89
6Value117
Pt. IIILaw revels
7Revels135
8Law149
Conclusion167
App. ITroilus and law-revels' language171
App. IITroilus and legal terms173
App. IIITroilus and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics183
References190
Index195

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