A Place in the Story : Servants and Service in Shakespeare's Plays

A Place in the Story : Servants and Service in Shakespeare's Plays

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 339 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780874139259
  • DDC分類 822.33

Full Description

This book explores the virtues Shakespeare made of the cultural necessities of servants and service. Although all of Shakespeare's plays feature servants as characters, and many of these characters play prominent roles, surprisingly little attention has been paid to them or to the concept of service. "A Place in the Story" is the first book-length overview of the uses Shakespeare makes of servant-characters and the early modern concept of service. Service was not only a fact of life in Shakespeare's era, but also a complex ideology. The book discusses service both as an ideal and an insult, examines how servants function in the plays, and explores the language of service. Other topics include loyalty, advice, messengers, conflict, disobedience, and violence. Servants were an intrinsic part of early modern life and Shakespeare found servant-characters and the concept of service useful in many different ways. Linda Anderson teaches at Virginia Polytechnic University.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            9  (4)
Acknowledgments 13 (2)
List of Abbreviations 15 (4)
``The lives of other'': Introduction 19 (11)
``What duty is'': Service as Ideal and 30 (33)
``The need we have to use you'': Uses of 63 (25)
``The mere word's a slave'': Language and 88 (28)
``If I last in this service'': Loyalty and 116(27)
``Good counsel'': Servants' Advice and 143(15)
``A losing office'': Messengers 158(19)
`` `Tis proper I obey him, but not now'': 177(23)
Conflicts of Service
``Every good servant does not all 200(19)
commands'': The Duty to Disobey
``Duty in his service perishing'': Servants 219(18)
and Violence
``Remember I have done thee worthy 237(6)
service'': Conclusion
Notes 243(70)
Bibliography 313(18)
Index 331