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Author Clare, Janet, 1954- author.

Title Shakespeare's stage traffic : imitation, borrowing and competition in Renaissance theatre / Janet Clare, University of Hull
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014


Description 1 online resource (xi, 305 pages)
Contents Introduction -- 1. Troublesome reigns -- Marlowe and the dramaturgy of the Queen's Men -- Shakespeare and the Queen's Men -- The King John plays -- The Troublesome Reign of King John -- Intertextualities -- The True Tragedy of Richard the Third and Richard III -- The play of revenge -- Intertextualities -- History as performance -- 2. Deposing kings -- The chronology of Woodstock and Richard II -- Working with the chronicles -- Woodstock and Richard II: intertextualities -- Misgoverning and misgoverned -- History and tragedy -- The dramaturgy of Edward II -- 3. Cross-cultural comedy -- The publication of The Taming of a Shrew -- Authorship -- The dramaturgy of the 'Shrew' plays -- The lore of shrews -- Plautus and The Comedy of Errors: translation and imitation -- Stage traffic within Gray's Inn -- The Comedy of Errors: Plautus re-visioned -- 4. Competing dramaturgies: later comedy -- Lyly's dramaturgy and A Midsummer Night's Dream -- Theories of playing -- Migrating tales -- The stage Jew: The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice -- Romantic and satiric comedy -- 5. Medley history -- The impact of The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth -- Diversions of history -- The victories of Henry V -- 6. Hamlet and the 'humour of children' -- A series of Hamlets -- Countering The Spanish Tragedy -- The revenge of the boys --- The Spanish Tragedy expanded -- Burlesque -- The revival of Jeronimo -- Dramaturgy of revenge -- 7. Conversion: from Elizabethan to Jacobean theatre -- Locating Measure for Measure -- The context of civic humanism -- Promos and Cassandra -- Intertextualities -- The Duke: theatrical prototype and King James -- Leir and the matter of Britain -- The True Chronicle History of King Leir, and his three daughters, Gonorill, Ragan, and Cordella -- From romance to tragedy -- King Lear and the matter of Britain -- 8. Generic transformations -- Romance, tragicomedy, and 'late' Shakespeare -- Fletcher and tragicomedy -- Tragicomic dramaturgy -- Philaster and Cymbeline -- Cross-dressed heroines -- Dramaturgy -- Blackfriars -- When You See Me, You Know Me and Henry VIII -- Plays and patrons -- Henry VIII: stage traffic -- Afterword
Summary "Shakespeare's unique status has made critics reluctant to acknowledge the extent to which some of his plays are the outcome of adaptation. In Shakespeare's Stage Traffic Janet Clare re-situates Shakespeare's dramaturgy within the flourishing and competitive theatrical trade of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. She demonstrates how Shakespeare worked with materials which had already entered the dramatic tradition, and how, in the spirit of Renaissance theory, he moulded and converted them to his own use. The book challenges the critical stance that views the Shakespeare canon as essentially self-contained, moves beyond the limitations of generic studies and argues for a more conjoined critical study of early modern plays. Each chapter focuses on specific plays and examines the networks of influence, exchange and competition which characterised stage traffic between playwrights, including Marlowe, Jonson and Fletcher. Overall, the book addresses multiple perspectives relating to authorship and text, performance and reception"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 268-294) and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (Cambridge Books Online, viewed February 8, 2016)
SUBJECT Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 fast (OCoLC)fst00029048
Subject English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Imitation in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
DRAMA -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan.
Imitation in literature.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781139626934