The Popular Culture of Shakespeare, Spenser and Jonson [NOOK Book]

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"Focusing on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Spenser's The Faerie Queene, and Jonson's Oberon, The Fairy Prince and The Sad Shepherd, Mary Ellen Lamb explores the ways in which early modern literature formed a particularly productive site of contest for deep social changes, and how these changes in turn played a large role in shaping some of the most well-known works of the period." This book breaks new ground by considering productions of popular culture from above, rather than from below. Drawing from
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The Popular Culture of Shakespeare, Spenser and Jonson

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Overview

"Focusing on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Spenser's The Faerie Queene, and Jonson's Oberon, The Fairy Prince and The Sad Shepherd, Mary Ellen Lamb explores the ways in which early modern literature formed a particularly productive site of contest for deep social changes, and how these changes in turn played a large role in shaping some of the most well-known works of the period." This book breaks new ground by considering productions of popular culture from above, rather than from below. Drawing from theorists of cultural studies, such as Pierre Bourdieu, Roger Chartier, and John Friske, this project synthesizes work from disparate fields to provide new readings of well-known literary works. It will be of particular interest to literary scholars, to cultural and social historians, and to general readers interested in fairies, old wives' tales and hobby-horses.
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' ... sheds new light on some of the most curious aspects of early modern literature. The book will fascinate anyone interested in early modern literature and/or English folk culture.' - British Theatre Guide

" Lamb's study has been painstakingly researched...By providing a sense of the period's social complexity and class tensions she creates and provides an exciting revisitation of works that capture the thoughts and feelings of that time. This is a book that historians, students of popular culture, and literary scholars will find quite valuable and insightful." — Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. XXXIX, No. 4, 2008

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Table of Contents

1 Producing popular cultures 1
Pt. I Fairies, old wives' tales, and hobby-horses : rising to (in)visibility 25
2 Taken by the fairies 29
3 Old wives' tales 45
4 Hobby-horses and fellow travelers 63
Pt. II William Shakespeare 89
5 A midsummer night's dream : breeching the binary 93
6 The merry wives of Windsor : domestic nationalism and the refuse of the realm 125
Pt. III Edmund Spenser 161
7 The faerie queene : vanishing fairies and dissolving courtiers 163
Pt. IV Ben Jonson 195
8 Oberon, the fairy prince (1611) and the great fairy caper; The sad shepherd (c. 1637) and the topography of the devil's arse 197
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