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Autor: Victor Kiernan
ISBN-13: 9781783606733
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Seiten: 280
Sprache: Englisch
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Poet and Citizen
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A vivid and absorbing portrait of the great dramatist, which reveals how his writings were shaped by the social and political upheavals of his age.
'This book rests on a lifetime’s thinking about history. It helps us see Shakespeare in “a more realistic light”.’Times Literary SupplementAlthough Shakespeare is rightly celebrated for the continued relevancy of his plays and poetry today, we too often lose sight of the wider historical context which shaped his work. In Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen, Victor Kiernan shows that Shakespeare was profoundly sensitive to the great social and political upheavals of his age. Shakespeare's life coincided with the first challenges to the institution of monarchy, as well as far-reaching transformations in the social hierarchy.By placing the plays within this context of an emerging modernity, Kiernan upends our perception of Shakespeare's writings. He shows that these social transformations, and especially the changing roles of women, are crucial to our understanding of the Comedies, in which the confusion of identity, disguise, and cross-dressing play a central role, while the Histories similarly reflect the demise of feudal allegiances and the development of the modern state. Featuring a new introduction by Michael Wood, Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen provides a rich resource for both students of literature and for the general reader looking for new insight into the life of our greatest dramatist.
Introduction by Michael WoodForewordPart I: A Time Out of Joint1. Late Tudor England2. Society and Art3. Shakespeare's Life4. Shakespeare and the TheatrePart II: The Histories1. Shakespeare and English History2. The Plays3. Historical ThemesPart III: Experiments1. Tragedies2. Poems3. SonnetsPart IV: The Comedies1. The Comic Realm2. The Plays3. Comedy ThemesPart V: Life Unfolding1. Chance and Destiny, Fate and Accident2. Towards the Tragic

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Autor: Victor Kiernan
ISBN-13 :: 9781783606733
ISBN: 1783606738
Verlag: Zed Books
Seiten: 280
Sprache: Englisch
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Sonstiges: Ebook, New edition, featuring a new foreword by Michael Wood 'Victor Kiernan is one of the best historians of seventeenth-century England.' - Christopher Hill 'Unlike so many other books on Shakespeare … it will not scare off the non-academic reader.' - GuardianPublished to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death  Offers a provocative critique of mainstream literary criticism, which Kiernan argues has fed a reductionist interpretation of Shakespeare’s writings