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Author Lammers, Lukas

Title Shakespearean Temporalities : History on the Early Modern Stage
Published Milton : Routledge, 2018


Description 1 online resource (214 pages)
Series Routledge Studies in Shakespeare ; v. 31
Routledge studies in Shakespeare ; v. 31.
Contents Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Figures; Acknowledgements; 1 Prologue; 2 Rivalling Collaboration. 1 Henry VI, Henry V, and The Famous Victories; 3 Shifting Perspective, Performing Pastness. Richard II; 4 Religious Revisions of the Past. King John; 5 Genre, Geography, and the Jacobean History Play. Macbeth; 6 Epilogue; Works Cited; Index
Summary "Shakespearean Temporalities addresses a critical neglect in Early Modern Performance and Shakespeare Studies, revising widely prevailing and long-standing assumptions about the performance and reception of history on the early modern stage. Demonstrating that theatre, at the turn of the seventeenth century, thrived on an intense fascination with perceived tensions between (medieval) past and (early modern) present, this volume uncovers a dimension of historical drama that has been largely neglected due to a strong focus on nationhood and a predilection for 'topical' readings. It moreover reassesses genre conventions by venturing beyond the threshold of the supposed "death of the history play," in 1603. Closely analysing a broad range of Shakespeare's historical drama, it explores the dramatic techniques that allow the theatre to perform historical distance. An experience of historical contingency through an immersion in a world ontologically related yet temporally removed is thus revealed as a major appeal of historical drama and a striking aspect of Shakespeare's history plays. With a focus on performance, the experience of playgoers, and the dynamics that resulted from the collective production of dramatic historiography by competing companies, the book offers the first analysis of what can be referred to as Shakespeare's dramaturgy of historical temporality."--Provided by publisher
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Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
SUBJECT Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 fast
Subject English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600.
DRAMA -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781351104876