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Shakespeare's theory of drama

Author: Pauline Kiernan
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats

Shakespeare rejected many of the theories of his age on poetry, history and art to create an original theory of drama. This book, first published in 1996, provides a lively, readable but scholarly  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pauline Kiernan
ISBN: 0521633583 9780521633581 0521550467 9780521550468
OCLC Number: 40066489
Notes: Originally published: 1996.
Description: xii, 218 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Shakespeare and Sidney. Two worlds: the brazen and the golden --
3. Shakespeare and Ovid. 'What strained 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'.
Responsibility: Pauline Kiernan.
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'This is a groundbreaking book, the kind it is hard to believe hasn't already been written. Kiernan identifies a curious reluctance on the part of critics to explore the possibility that Shakespeare Read more...

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