Shakespeares Stage Traffic: Imitation, Borrowing and Competition in Renaissance Theatre Janet Clare

ISBN: 9781107723177

Published: January 31st 2014

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320 pages


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Shakespeares Stage Traffic: Imitation, Borrowing and Competition in Renaissance Theatre  by  Janet Clare

Shakespeares Stage Traffic: Imitation, Borrowing and Competition in Renaissance Theatre by Janet Clare
January 31st 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 320 pages | ISBN: 9781107723177 | 6.65 Mb

Shakespeares unique status has made critics reluctant to acknowledge the extent to which some of his plays are the outcome of adaptation. In Shakespeares Stage Traffic Janet Clare re-situates Shakespeares dramaturgy within the flourishing and competitive theatrical trade of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. She demonstrates how Shakespeare worked with materials which had already entered the dramatic tradition, and how, in the spirit of Renaissance theory, he moulded and converted them to his own use.

The book challenges the critical stance that views the Shakespeare canon as essentially self-contained, moves beyond the limitations of generic studies and argues for a more conjoined critical study of early modern plays. Each chapter focuses on specific plays and examines the networks of influence, exchange and competition which characterised stage traffic between playwrights, including Marlowe, Jonson and Fletcher. Overall, the book addresses multiple perspectives relating to authorship and text, performance and reception.



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