Shakespeare's Theory of Drama

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Shakespeare's Theory of Drama

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 232 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521633581
  • DDC分類 809

Full Description


Why did Shakespeare write drama? Did he have specific reasons for his choice of this art form? Did he have clearly defined aesthetic aims in what he wanted drama to do - and why? Pauline Kiernan opens up a new area of debate for Shakespearean criticism in showing that a radical, complex defence of drama which challenged the Renaissance orthodox view of poetry, history and art can be traced in Shakespeare's plays and poems. This study, first published in 1996, examines different stages in the canon to show that far from being restricted by the 'limitations' of drama, Shakespeare consciously exploits its capacity to accommodate temporality and change, and its reliance on the physical presence of the actor. This lively, readable book offers an original and scholarly insight into what Shakespeare wanted his drama to do and why.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Shakespeare and Sidney. Two worlds: the
brazen and the golden
3. Shakespeare and Ovid: 'What strainè
d touches rhetoric can lend': poetry
metamorphosed in Venus and Adonis and the
Sonnets
4. 'In scorn of nature, art gave lifeless
life': exposing art's sterility. The Rape of
Lucrece, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest
5. 'O'er-wrested seeming': dramatic illusion
and the repudiation of mimesis: Love's Labour's
Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet
6. 'Thy registers and thee I both defy':
history challenged: Richard III, Henry VIII,
Henry V and Richard II
7. Antony and Cleopatra as 'A defence of drama'.