Traces the influences on the drama of exile, examining the legal context of banishment in early modern England; the self-consciousness of exile as an amatory trope; and the discourses be which exile could by reshaped into comedy or tragedy.
Exile defines the Shakespearean canon, from The Two Gentlemen of Verona to The Two Noble Kinsmen . This book traces the influences on the drama of exile, examining the legal context of banishment (pursued against Catholics, gypsies and vagabonds) in early modern England; the self-consciousness of exile as an amatory trope; and the discourses by which exile could be reshaped into comedy or tragedy. Across genres, Shakespeare's plays reveal a fascination with exile as the source of linguistic crisis, shaped by the utterance of that word 'Banished'.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
That One Word "Banishèd": Linguistic
Crisis in Romeo and Juliet
'Still-breeding thoughts': <I>Richard II
and the Exile's Creative Failure
Historical-Pastoral Exile in Henry IV
'Hereafter, in a better world than this': The
End of Exile in As You Like It and King Lear
Coriolanus: The Banishment of Rome
'A world elsewhere': Magic, Colonialism and
Exile in The Tempest