Temporality, Genre and Experience in the Age of Shakespeare: Forms of Time

Temporality, Genre and Experience in the Age of Shakespeare: Forms of Time

by Lauren Shohet (Editor)


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Focusing on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, these original essays by leading scholars explore how theatrical, aesthetic, and linguistic forms engage early modern experiences of temporality.

Encompassing comedy, tragedy, history, and romance, some contributions consider how different models of pastness, presentness, sequentiality, memory, and historical meaning underwrite particular representational practices. Others, conversely, investigate how aesthetic forms afforded diverse ways for early-modern people to understand or experience time - and how this can impact us today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350126558
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/22/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Lauren Shohet is Luckow Family Professor of English at Villanova University, USA and the author of Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century (2010). Her writing on early modern poetry, drama, and form has focused on Milton, Marvell, Jonson, and Shakespeare, appearing in such jourbanals as Poetics Today, Milton Studies, Shakespeare Studies, the Jourbanal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, and the Yearbook of English Studies. She is coeditor of Gathering Force: British Literature in Transition 1557-1623 and of the first volume of the forthcoming three-volume British Literature in Transition 1557-1680 (general editor Stephen Dobranski, 2017). She has held fellowships and appointments from the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA), the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, and Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (Germany).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Notes on Contributors


Note on Texts

1. Introduction: Forms of Time (Lauren Shohet, Villanova University, USA)

Part One: Illuminating

2. Shakespeare’s theater of comic time (Kent Cartwright, University of Maryland, College Park, USA)

3. Suspense Revisited: The Shared Experience of Time (Raphael Falco, University of Maryland, USA)

4. “In the Course and Process of Time”: Rupture, Reflection and Repetition in Henry VIII (Philip Lorenz, Cornell University, USA)

Part Two: Synthesizing

5. Is Henry V still a history play? (Andrew Griffin, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)

6. Allusion, Temporality, and Genre in Pericles and Troilus and Cressida
(Lauren Shohet, Villanova University, USA)

Part Three: Misaligning

7. Love’s Labours Lost and the Layered Temporality of Poetic Reception (Matthew Harrison, Albion College, USA)

8. Timing The Knight of the Burbaning Pestle: Genre, Style, and Performance (Lucy Munro, King’s College, London, UK)

9. Time, Tragedy and the Text of Antony and Cleopatra (Rebecca Bushnell, University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Part Four: Proliferating

10. “The Death of Fathers”: Succession and Diachronic Time in Shakespearean Tragedy (William C. Carroll, Boston University, USA)

11. Passionate Time in Elizabeth Cary's The Tragedy of Mariam (Lara Dodds, University of Mississippi, USA)

12. Future Histories in King Lear (Meredith Beales, University of Victoria, Canada)

Part Five: Pleating

13. Last Judgement to Leviathan: The Semiotics of Collective Temporality in Early Modern England (Robin Scott Stewart, University of California, Irvine, USA)

14. Cymbeline, Janus, and Folded Time (Valerie Wayne, University of Hawaii, USA)



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