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Author Sheen, Erica.

Title Shakespeare and the institution of theatre : the best in this kind / Erica Sheen
Published Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 172 pages)
Series Palgrave Shakespeare studies
Palgrave Shakespeare studies.
Contents The Institution of Theatre -- Nebuchadnezzar's Tree -- A Pleasure and a Profit -- Welcome to your Chamber -- Calling Fools into a Circle -- The Only Men -- A Stranger to My Heart -- 'Tis Time
Summary In this highly original book, Erica Sheen rethinks an approach that has been central to Shakespearean studies since the rise of New Historicism in the 1980s. Challenging the prevailing orthodoxy that the institutional form of early modern theatre was that of a market, she takes her starting point from sixteenth-century developments in the law of property, and offers innovative readings of Shakespeare's plays which demonstrate his adaptation of legal principles of ownership to the creative labour by which his work, and that of the Chamberlain's Men, came to be recognised in their own time as 'the best in this kind'. She extends this analysis to questions about the nature of dramatic action and spectatorship that are fundamental to our understanding of the distinctive quality of Shakespeare's work. This imaginative study will encourage its readers to change the way they think about hitherto familiar plays and critical problems
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-166) and index
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Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history.
Theater -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Theater -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
ISBN 0230234526 (electronic bk.)
9780230234529 (electronic bk.)